While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the MotorCycle Holdings Limited (ASX:MTO) share price has gained 14% in the last three months. But that doesn’t help the fact that the three year return is less impressive. After all, the share price is down 53% in the last three years, significantly under-performing the market.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.
MotorCycle Holdings saw its share price decline over the three years in which its EPS also dropped, falling to a loss. This was, in part, due to extraordinary items impacting earnings. Since the company has fallen to a loss making position, it’s hard to compare the change in EPS with the share price change. However, we can say we’d expect to see a falling share price in this scenario.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on MotorCycle Holdings’ earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there’s a difference between MotorCycle Holdings’ total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we’ve covered above. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Dividends have been really beneficial for MotorCycle Holdings shareholders, and that cash payout explains why its total shareholder loss of 48%, over the last 3 years, isn’t as bad as the share price return.
A Different Perspective
MotorCycle Holdings shareholders are down 8.8% for the year, falling short of the market return. Meanwhile, the broader market slid about 3.2%, likely weighing on the stock. Unfortunately, the longer term story isn’t pretty, with investment losses running at 14% per year over three years. We’d need clear signs of growth in the underlying business before we could muster much enthusiasm for this one. 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. Take risks, for example – MotorCycle Holdings has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.
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