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The past year for Sonos (NASDAQ:SONO) investors has not been profitable

Sonos, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONO) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 21% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. The cold reality is that the stock has dropped 39% in one year, under-performing the market.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

See our latest analysis for Sonos

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).

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Unfortunately Sonos reported an EPS drop of 59% for the last year. The share price fall of 39% isn't as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. It may have been that the weak EPS was not as bad as some had feared.

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

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earnings-per-share-growth

We know that Sonos has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Sonos stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

The last twelve months weren't great for Sonos shares, which performed worse than the market, costing holders 39%. The market shed around 20%, no doubt weighing on the stock price. Fortunately the longer term story is brighter, with total returns averaging about 4% per year over three years. The recent sell-off could be an opportunity if the business remains sound, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long-term growth trend. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Sonos better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Sonos .

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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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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