Ricegrowers (ASX:SGLLV) Has Compensated Shareholders With A Respectable 87% Return On Their Investment

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 22, 2021
ASX:SGLLV

Ricegrowers Limited (ASX:SGLLV) shareholders have seen the share price descend 11% over the month. But over three years, the returns would have left most investors smiling In fact, the company's share price bested the return of its market index in that time, posting a gain of 57%.

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

Over the last three years, Ricegrowers failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 12% (annualized).

So we doubt that the market is looking to EPS for its main judge of the company's value. Since the change in EPS doesn't seem to correlate with the change in share price, it's worth taking a look at other metrics.

We doubt the dividend payments explain the share price rise, since we don't see any improvement in that regard. Revenue has been falling at 1.0%, so that isn't exactly encouraging. Ultimately, we can't really explain why the share price is up, but the answer could lie in a more detailed look at the data.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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ASX:SGLLV Earnings and Revenue Growth February 23rd 2021

Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. We note that for Ricegrowers the TSR over the last 3 years was 87%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Ricegrowers has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 52% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 14%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example - Ricegrowers has 1 warning sign we think 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 AU exchanges.

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