Generally speaking, the goal of active stock selection is to find companies that offer returns above the market average. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. Namely, Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke’s stock price has soared 88% in five years, easily outpacing the market’s 6.0% decline (excluding dividends). On the other hand, the most recent gains have not been so impressive, with shareholders only gaining 22% including dividends.
Although the past week hurt the company’s five-year performance, let’s take a look at recent trends in underlying activity and see if the gains have been aligned.
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It is undeniable that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect the underlying performance of companies. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get an idea of how investors’ attitudes toward a company change over time.
In five years of share price growth, Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke has achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 20% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the annual share price gain of 13% over the same period. Therefore, it seems that the market has become relatively pessimistic towards the company.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the graph to see the exact values).
We are pleased to report that the CEO is compensated more modestly than most CEOs of similarly capitalized companies. But while it’s still worth checking out CEO compensation, the really important question is whether the company can increase its profits in the future. It might be interesting to take a look at our free Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke earnings, revenue and cash flow report.
What about dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price performance. TSR is a calculation of return that takes into account the value of cash dividends (assuming any dividends received have been reinvested) and the calculated value of all discounted capital raisings and spinoffs. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often much higher than the stock price return. In the case of Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke, it has a TSR of 109% for the past 5 years. This exceeds the performance of its share price that we mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company thus inflated the total return to shareholders.
A different perspective
It is good to see that Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke has rewarded its shareholders with a total shareholder return of 22% over the past twelve months. Of course, this includes the dividend. As the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter standing at 16% per year), it seems that the stock’s performance has improved lately. Given that the stock price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock lest you miss an opportunity. While it’s worth considering the various impacts that market conditions can have on the stock price, there are other, even more important factors. Example: we have identified 1 warning sign for Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke you should be aware.
But note: Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke may not be the best stock to buy. So take a look at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and new growth forecasts).
Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of stocks currently trading on DE exchanges.
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