Can You Imagine How Chuffed Sun Communities’s (NYSE:SUI) Shareholders Feel About Its 156% Share Price Gain?

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When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:SUI) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 156% in five years.

Check out our latest analysis for Sun Communities

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

Over half a decade, Sun Communities managed to grow its earnings per share at 30% a year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 21% over the same period. So it seems the market isn’t so enthusiastic about the stock these days. Having said that, the market is still optimistic, given the P/E ratio of 96.23.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NYSE:SUI Past and Future Earnings, June 5th 2019
NYSE:SUI Past and Future Earnings, June 5th 2019

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas 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 raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Sun Communities the TSR over the last 5 years was 206%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Sun Communities shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 33% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 25% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Sun Communities by clicking this link.

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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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