Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. Unfortunately, shareholders of HengTen Networks Group Limited (HKG:136) have suffered share price declines over the last year. To wit the share price is down 63% in that time. To make matters worse, the returns over three years have also been really disappointing (the share price is 45% lower than three years ago). The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 13% in the last three months.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Unhappily, HengTen Networks Group had to report a 56% decline in EPS over the last year. We note that the 63% share price drop is very close to the EPS drop. So it seems that the market sentiment has not changed much, despite the weak results. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on HengTen Networks Group’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 6.3% in the twelve months, HengTen Networks Group shareholders did even worse, losing 63%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 14% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for HengTen Networks Group you should be aware of.
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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 HK exchanges.
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