The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. One great example is Bisalloy Steel Group Limited (ASX:BIS) which saw its share price drive 283% higher over five years. In the last week shares have slid back 15%.
Although Bisalloy Steel Group has shed AU$12m from its market cap this week, let's take a look at its longer term fundamental trends and see if they've driven returns.
To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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.
Over half a decade, Bisalloy Steel Group managed to grow its earnings per share at 40% a year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 31% over the same period. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock. The reasonably low P/E ratio of 8.00 also suggests market apprehension.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Dive deeper into Bisalloy Steel Group's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Bisalloy Steel Group'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. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Bisalloy Steel Group's TSR for the last 5 years was 364%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Bisalloy Steel Group's TSR for the year was broadly in line with the market average, at 18%. It has to be noted that the recent return falls short of the 36% shareholders have gained each year, over half a decade. More recently, the share price growth has slowed. But it has to be said the overall picture is one of good long term and short term performance. Arguably that makes Bisalloy Steel Group a stock worth watching. 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 - Bisalloy Steel Group has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
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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