If You Had Bought National Retail Properties (NYSE:NNN) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 45% Gain Today

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Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. For example, the National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) share price is up 45% in the last five years, slightly above the market return. It’s also good to see a healthy gain of 21% in the last year.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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, National Retail Properties achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 6.3% per year. So the EPS growth rate is rather close to the annualized share price gain of 7.7% per year. Therefore one could conclude that sentiment towards the shares hasn’t morphed very much. Indeed, it would appear the share price is reacting to the EPS.

NYSE:NNN Past and Future Earnings, July 5th 2019
NYSE:NNN Past and Future Earnings, July 5th 2019

Dive deeper into National Retail Properties’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of National Retail Properties’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. In the case of National Retail Properties, it has a TSR of 79% 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

We’re pleased to report that National Retail Properties shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 26% over one year. And that does include the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 12%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. If you would like to research National Retail Properties in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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