The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). To wit, the SpareBank 1 Telemark (OB:SBTE) share price is 12% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market decline of around 16% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! SpareBank 1 Telemark hasn’t been listed for long, so it’s still not clear if it is a long term winner.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
SpareBank 1 Telemark was able to grow EPS by 3.7% in the last twelve months. The share price gain of 12% certainly outpaced the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is now more optimistic about the stock.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on SpareBank 1 Telemark’s earnings, revenue and cash flow 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. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, SpareBank 1 Telemark’s TSR for the last year was 18%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
SpareBank 1 Telemark boasts a total shareholder return of 18% for the last year (that includes the dividends) . A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 14% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that SpareBank 1 Telemark is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit concerning…
Of course SpareBank 1 Telemark may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NO exchanges.
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