Investing in Berry Global Group (NYSE:BERY) three years ago would have delivered you a 43% gain

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Low-cost index funds make it easy to achieve average market returns. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY) share price is up 43% in the last three years, that falls short of the market return. Having said that, the 33% increase over the past year is good to see.

So let’s assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 3 years and see if they’ve moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for Berry Global Group

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

Berry Global Group was able to grow its EPS at 13% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is remarkably close to the 13% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that sentiment and expectations have not changed drastically. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

earnings-per-share-growth

We know that Berry Global Group has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Berry Global Group will grow revenue in the future.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Berry Global Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 33% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 7% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we’ve spotted with Berry Global Group .

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can 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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