For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Retech Technology Co., Limited (ASX:RTE) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 31% in three years, versus a market return of about 15%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 10% in the last three months.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.
Retech Technology saw its EPS decline at a compound rate of 11% per year, over the last three years. So do you think it’s a coincidence that the share price has dropped 12% per year, a very similar rate to the EPS? We don’t. So it seems that investor expectations of the company are staying pretty steady, despite the disappointment. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into Retech Technology’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Retech Technology’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for Retech Technology shares, which performed worse than the market, costing holders 14%. The market shed around 8.4%, no doubt weighing on the stock price. Shareholders have lost 9.5% per year over the last three years, so the share price drop has become steeper, over the last year; a potential symptom of as yet unsolved challenges. Although Baron Rothschild famously said to “buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own”, he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. 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. Take risks, for example – Retech Technology has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is concerning) we think you should know about.
But note: Retech Technology may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.
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