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If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). For example, the H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:HR.UN) share price is up 17% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around -2.8% (not including dividends). That’s a solid performance by our standards! In contrast, the longer term returns are negative, since the share price is 1.2% lower than it was three years ago.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During the last year, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust actually saw its earnings per share drop 55%. Given the share price gain, we doubt the market is measuring progress with EPS. Therefore, it seems likely that investors are putting more weight on metrics other than EPS, at the moment.
We haven’t seen H&R Real Estate Investment Trust increase dividend payments yet, so the yield probably hasn’t helped drive the share higher. Revenue actually dropped 3.5% over last year. It’s fair to say we’re a little surprised to see the share price up, and that makes us cautious.
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think H&R Real Estate Investment Trust will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for H&R Real Estate Investment Trust the TSR over the last year was 24%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that H&R Real Estate Investment Trust shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 24% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 6.2% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of H&R Real Estate Investment Trust by clicking this link.
H&R Real Estate Investment Trust is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.
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