Seven West Media Limited (ASX:SWM) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 11% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been very strong. During that period, the share price soared a full 273%. So it may be that the share price is simply cooling off after a strong rise. The real question is whether the business is trending in the right direction.
While the stock has fallen 9.9% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.
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.
Seven West Media went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.
We think the growth looks very prospective, so we're not surprised the market liked it too. Generally speaking the profitability inflection point is a great time to research a company closely, lest you miss an opportunity to profit.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It is of course excellent to see how Seven West Media has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. Take a more thorough look at Seven West Media's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Seven West Media shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 273% over one year. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 7% 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. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Seven West Media better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 5 warning signs for Seven West Media (2 make us uncomfortable!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
We will like Seven West Media better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, 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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