If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the Vente-Unique.com SA (EPA:ALVU) share price is 84% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market decline of around 4.8% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. We’ll need to follow Vente-Unique.com for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn’t been listed for particularly long.
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. 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 the last twelve months, Vente-Unique.com actually shrank its EPS by 12%.
So we don’t think that investors are paying too much attention to EPS. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.
However the year on year revenue growth of 8.6% would help. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on Vente-Unique.com’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
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 Vente-Unique.com the TSR over the last year was 90%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
Vente-Unique.com shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 90% over the last twelve months, including dividends. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 55% in the last three months. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. 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. Even so, be aware that Vente-Unique.com is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is potentially serious…
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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 FR exchanges.
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