Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) shareholders have earned a 22% CAGR over the last five years

Synaptics Incorporated -2.27%

Synaptics Incorporated

SYNA

92.00

-2.27%

The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. One great example is Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA) which saw its share price drive 171% higher over five years. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 32% gain in the last three months. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 18% in 90 days).

Let's take a look at the underlying fundamentals over the longer term, and see if they've been consistent with shareholders returns.

Check out our latest analysis for Synaptics

Because Synaptics made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

For the last half decade, Synaptics can boast revenue growth at a rate of 0.3% per year. That's not a very high growth rate considering the bottom line. So we wouldn't have expected to see the share price to have lifted 22% for each year during that time, but that's what happened. While we wouldn't be overly concerned, it might be worth checking whether you think the fundamental business gains really justify the share price action. Some might suggest that the sentiment around the stock is rather positive.

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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NasdaqGS:SYNA Earnings and Revenue Growth January 30th 2024

Synaptics is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. If you are thinking of buying or selling Synaptics stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst consensus estimates for future profits.

A Different Perspective

Synaptics shareholders are down 9.2% for the year, but the market itself is up 22%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 22% per year over half a decade. 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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Synaptics you should know about.

We will like Synaptics better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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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