Cesar SA (EPA:ALCES) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 11% in the last month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been stomach churning. Indeed, the share price is down a whopping 84% in that time. While the recent increase might be a green shoot, we’re certainly hesitant to rejoice. The fundamental business performance will ultimately determine if the turnaround can be sustained.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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 the five years over which the share price declined, Cesar’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 14% each year. This reduction in EPS is less than the 31% annual reduction in the share price. This implies that the market is more cautious about the business these days. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 0.52.
Dive deeper into Cesar’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Cesar’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Cesar has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 11% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 31% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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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