While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE:VER) share price has gained 28% in the last three months. But in truth the last year hasn’t been good for the share price. In fact the stock is down 29% in the last year, well below the market return.
VEREIT wasn’t profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In just one year VEREIT saw its revenue fall by 3.1%. That’s not what investors generally want to see. Shareholders have seen the share price drop 29% in that time. What would you expect when revenue is falling, and it doesn’t make a profit? We think most holders must believe revenue growth will improve, or else costs will decline.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
Take a more thorough look at VEREIT’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, VEREIT’s TSR for the last year was -24%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
Investors in VEREIT had a tough year, with a total loss of 24% (including dividends) , against a market gain of about 12%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 0.8%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with VEREIT .
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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 US exchanges.
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