The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:NWH.UN) share price is up 16% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around 10% (not including dividends). That’s a solid performance by our standards! Longer term, the stock is up 15% in three years.
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…’ 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.
NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust was able to grow EPS by 109% in the last twelve months. It’s fair to say that the share price gain of 16% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. So it seems like the market has cooled on NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, despite the growth. Interesting.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
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What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. We note that for NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust the TSR over the last year was 24%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust’s total shareholder return last year was 24%. That includes the value of the dividend. So this year’s TSR was actually better than the three-year TSR (annualized) of 13%. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs for NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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 CA exchanges.
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