The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. For example, the Janus International Group, Inc. (NYSE:JBI) share price is down 37% in the last year. That falls noticeably short of the market decline of around 9.8%. Janus International Group hasn’t been listed for long, so although we’re wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 25% in the last 90 days. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 16% in the same period.

If the past week is anything to go by, investor sentiment for Janus International Group isn’t positive, so let’s see if there’s a mismatch between fundamentals and the share price.

See our latest analysis for Janus International Group

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ 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.

Janus International Group managed to increase earnings per share from a loss to a profit, over the last 12 months.

The result looks like a strong improvement to us, so we’re surprised the market has sold down the shares. If the improved profitability is a sign of things to come, then right now may prove the perfect time to pop this stock on your watchlist.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

earnings-per-share-growth

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Janus International Group’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

Janus International Group shareholders are down 37% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 9.8%. That’s disappointing, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn’t have helped. With the stock down 25% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we’ve identified 4 warning signs for Janus International Group (1 is a bit concerning) that you should be aware of.

We will like Janus International Group 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 US exchanges.

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