Did Business Growth Power Blue Bird’s (NASDAQ:BLBD) Share Price Gain of 104%?

The Blue Bird Corporation (NASDAQ:BLBD) share price has had a bad week, falling 11%. But that scarcely detracts from the really solid long term returns generated by the company over five years. We think most investors would be happy with the 104% return, over that period. We think it’s more important to dwell on the long term returns than the short term returns. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cheap now.

See our latest analysis for Blue Bird

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.

Blue Bird’s earnings per share are down 17% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years.

This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Because earnings per share don’t seem to match up with the share price, we’ll take a look at other metrics instead.

It is not great to see that revenue has dropped by 0.8% per year over five years. So it seems one might have to take closer look at earnings and revenue trends to see how they might influence the share price.

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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A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Blue Bird shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 69% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 15% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Blue Bird better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 5 warning signs for Blue Bird (of which 2 make us uncomfortable!) you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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

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