Those who invested in Axcelis Technologies (NASDAQ:ACLS) five years ago are up 436%

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. +1.91%

Axcelis Technologies, Inc.

ACLS

140.65

+1.91%

Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACLS) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 14% in the last quarter. But that doesn't undermine the fantastic longer term performance (measured over five years). Indeed, the share price is up a whopping 436% in that time. Arguably, the recent fall is to be expected after such a strong rise. The most important thing for savvy investors to consider is whether the underlying business can justify the share price gain.

So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

See our latest analysis for Axcelis Technologies

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Over half a decade, Axcelis Technologies managed to grow its earnings per share at 40% a year. That makes the EPS growth particularly close to the yearly share price growth of 40%. Therefore one could conclude that sentiment towards the shares hasn't morphed very much. In fact, the share price seems to largely reflect the EPS growth.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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NasdaqGS:ACLS Earnings Per Share Growth March 29th 2024

It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Axcelis Technologies' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Axcelis Technologies had a tough year, with a total loss of 16%, against a market gain of about 30%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 40%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that Axcelis Technologies is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on American exchanges.

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