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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. For example, the Odlewnie Polskie S.A. (WSE:ODL) share price is up 52% in the last 5 years, clearly besting than the market return of around -3.7% (ignoring dividends). However, more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 3.9% in the last year, including dividends.
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.
During five years of share price growth, Odlewnie Polskie achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 26% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 8.7% over the same period. Therefore, it seems the market has become relatively pessimistic about the company. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 3.75.
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What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Odlewnie Polskie the TSR over the last 5 years was 86%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Odlewnie Polskie shareholders gained a total return of 3.9% during the year. But that was short of the market average. If we look back over five years, the returns are even better, coming in at 13% per year for five years. It’s quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Odlewnie Polskie’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on PL exchanges.
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