Investors Who Bought Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 52%

The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau AG (VIE:HST), since the last five years saw the share price fall 52%. Furthermore, it’s down 14% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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).

During the five years over which the share price declined, Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 5.1% each year. Readers should note that the share price has fallen faster than the EPS, at a rate of 14% per year, over the period. This implies that the market is more cautious about the business these days. The low P/E ratio of 7.71 further reflects this reticence.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

WBAG:HST Past and Future Earnings, March 1st 2019
WBAG:HST Past and Future Earnings, March 1st 2019

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau the TSR over the last 5 years was -41%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 6.2% in the twelve months, Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau shareholders did even worse, losing 17% (even including dividends). 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. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 10% over the last half decade. 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. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.

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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 AT exchanges.

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