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The five-year underlying earnings growth at Avnet (NASDAQ:AVT) is promising, but the shareholders are still in the red over that time

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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Avnet, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVT), since the last five years saw the share price fall 15%. On top of that, the share price is down 8.0% in the last week. However, this move may have been influenced by the broader market, which fell 5.3% in that time.

With the stock having lost 8.0% in the past week, it's worth taking a look at business performance and seeing if there's any red flags.

Check out our latest analysis for Avnet

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 way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

Avnet became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

Revenue is actually up 2.3% over the time period. A more detailed examination of the revenue and earnings may or may not explain why the share price languishes; there could be an opportunity.

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

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It is of course excellent to see how Avnet has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. If you are thinking of buying or selling Avnet stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Avnet, it has a TSR of -5.2% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Avnet shareholders are up 1.5% for the year (even including dividends). Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 1.0% endured over half a decade. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Avnet better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Avnet (of which 1 can't be ignored!) you should know about.

But note: Avnet may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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