Maggie Beer Holdings (ASX:MBH) shareholder returns have been respectable, earning 49% in 3 years

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 11, 2021
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By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Maggie Beer Holdings Limited (ASX:MBH) share price is up 44% in the last three years, clearly besting the market return of around 29% (not including dividends).

The past week has proven to be lucrative for Maggie Beer Holdings investors, so let's see if fundamentals drove the company's three-year performance.

See our latest analysis for Maggie Beer Holdings

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During three years of share price growth, Maggie Beer Holdings moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

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

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ASX:MBH Earnings Per Share Growth November 12th 2021

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free interactive report on Maggie Beer Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We've already covered Maggie Beer Holdings' share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Its history of dividend payouts mean that Maggie Beer Holdings' TSR of 49% over the last 3 years is better than the share price return.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Maggie Beer Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 39% over the last year. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 2% per year over five years. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. 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 2 warning signs for Maggie Beer Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of them can't be ignored.

Maggie Beer Holdings is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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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