Did You Miss Wing Tai Holdings’s (SGX:W05) 13% Share Price Gain?

Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. To wit, the Wing Tai Holdings share price has climbed 13% in five years, easily topping the market return of -9.5% (ignoring dividends). However, more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 0.5% in the last year , including dividends .

Check out our latest analysis for Wing Tai Holdings

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During five years of share price growth, Wing Tai Holdings actually saw its EPS drop 24% per year.

Since the EPS are down strongly, it seems highly unlikely market participants are looking at EPS to value the company. The falling EPS doesn’t correlate with the climbing share price, so it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

It is not great to see that revenue has dropped by 18% per year over five years. It certainly surprises us that the share price is up, but perhaps a closer examination of the data will yield answers.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

SGX:W05 Income Statement, February 22nd 2020
SGX:W05 Income Statement, February 22nd 2020

We know that Wing Tai Holdings has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? Take a more thorough look at Wing Tai Holdings’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Wing Tai Holdings, it has a TSR of 31% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

Wing Tai Holdings shareholders gained a total return of 0.5% during the year. But that was short of the market average. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 5.5% a year, over half a decade) look better. It may well be that this is a business worth popping on the watching, given the continuing positive reception, over time, from the market. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Wing Tai Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with Wing Tai Holdings , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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 SG exchanges.

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