Investing in Velocity Financial (NYSE:VEL) a year ago would have delivered you a 12% gain

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These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the Velocity Financial, Inc. (NYSE:VEL) share price is up 12% in the last 1 year, clearly besting the market decline of around 19% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. We’ll need to follow Velocity Financial for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn’t been listed for particularly long.

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 Velocity Financial

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

Over the last twelve months, Velocity Financial actually shrank its EPS by 13%.

This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.

However the year on year revenue growth of 15% would help. Many businesses do go through a phase where they have to forgo some profits to drive business development, and sometimes its for the best.

The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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If you are thinking of buying or selling Velocity Financial stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Velocity Financial shareholders have gained 12% over the last year. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 12% in the last three months. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Velocity Financial better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Velocity Financial 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 US exchanges.

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