By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, Dur Hospitality Company (TADAWUL:4010) shareholders have seen the share price rise 45% over three years, well in excess of the market return (17%, not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 37% , including dividends .
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.
Over the last three years, Dur Hospitality failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 43% (annualized).
So we doubt that the market is looking to EPS for its main judge of the company’s value. Therefore, we think it’s worth considering other metrics as well.
Languishing at just 1.6%, we doubt the dividend is doing much to prop up the share price. It may well be that Dur Hospitality revenue growth rate of 5.7% over three years has convinced shareholders to believe in a brighter future. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth, and maybe shareholder’s faith in better days ahead will be rewarded.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Dur Hospitality, it has a TSR of 55% for the last 3 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
It’s nice to see that Dur Hospitality shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 37% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 9% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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. Even so, be aware that Dur Hospitality is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those can’t be ignored…
Of course Dur Hospitality may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on SA exchanges.
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