Six Flags Entertainment's (NYSE:SIX) earnings trajectory could turn positive as the stock increases 3.8% this past week

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation +2.66%

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

SIX

26.60

+2.66%

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 27% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been disappointing. In that time the share price has delivered a rude shock to holders, who find themselves down 60% after a long stretch. So we're not so sure if the recent bounce should be celebrated. We'd err towards caution given the long term under-performance.

The recent uptick of 3.8% could be a positive sign of things to come, so let's take a look at historical fundamentals.

Check out our latest analysis for Six Flags Entertainment

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Six Flags Entertainment became profitable within the last five years. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it's counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

Revenue is actually up 0.2% over the time period. A more detailed examination of the revenue and earnings may or may not explain why the share price languishes; there could be an opportunity.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NYSE:SIX Earnings and Revenue Growth January 30th 2024

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Six Flags Entertainment stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

What About The Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

Investors should note that there's a difference between Six Flags Entertainment's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Its history of dividend payouts mean that Six Flags Entertainment's TSR, which was a 57% drop over the last 5 years, was not as bad as the share price return.

A Different Perspective

Six Flags Entertainment shareholders are down 4.5% for the year, but the market itself is up 22%. 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. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 9% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We'd need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Six Flags Entertainment better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Six Flags Entertainment that you should be aware of before investing here.

Six Flags Entertainment is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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