Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure that your own returns roughly match the broader market. When you buy individual stocks, you can earn higher profits, but you also face the risk of underperformance. That downside risk realized argosy property limited (NZSE:ARG) over the past year as the share price declined by 18%. That’s disappointing when you consider that the market fell 10%. From a longer-term perspective, the stock has fallen 16% over the past three years.
Now let’s take a look at the fundamentals of the company and see if the long-term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.
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To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world, but the Flat Earth Society will prosper. There will continue to be large discrepancies between price and market value…’ An imperfect but simple way to consider how market perception of a company has changed is to compare the change in earnings per share (EPS) with the stock’s movement. of prices
Unfortunately Argosy Property reported a 53% drop in EPS over the past year. This drop in EPS is significantly worse than the 18% drop in stock price. It may have been that the weak EPS wasn’t as bad as some feared.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see more details).
We consider it positive that insiders have made important purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be much more important in determining whether current shareholders make money. It might be worth taking a look at our free Argosy Property earnings, revenue and cash flow report.
What about dividends?
It is important to take into account the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. While 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 increase or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of dividend-paying stocks. As it happens, the TSR for Argosy Property over the past year was -14%, which is above the previously mentioned share price performance. The dividends paid by the company have thus boosted the total shareholder return.
a different perspective
While the overall market lost around 10% in the twelve months, Argosy Property shareholders fared even worse, losing 14% (even including dividends). However, it could simply be that the share price has been affected by general market jitters. It may be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there is a good opportunity. Longer-term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have earned 8% every year for five years. If fundamental data continues to indicate sustainable growth over the long term, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. While it is worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on stock prices, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Argosy Property has 3 warning signs (and 1 not to be ignored) that we think you should know about.
Argosy Property isn’t the only stock that experts buy. so take a look at this free list of growing companies with internal purchases.
Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of shares currently listed on New Zealand stock exchanges.
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