Imagine Owning Reitmans (Canada) (TSE:RET.A) While The Price Tanked 54%

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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But every investor is virtually certain to have both over-performing and under-performing stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Reitmans (Canada) Limited (TSE:RET.A), since the last five years saw the share price fall 54%. And it’s not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 24% in the last year. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 17% in the last 90 days.

View our latest analysis for Reitmans (Canada)

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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.

Reitmans (Canada) became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.

The steady dividend doesn’t really explain why the share price is down. It’s not immediately clear to us why the stock price is down but further research might provide some answers.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

TSX:RET.A Income Statement, May 14th 2019
TSX:RET.A Income Statement, May 14th 2019

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

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. As it happens, Reitmans (Canada)’s TSR for the last 5 years was -43%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

Investors in Reitmans (Canada) had a tough year, with a total loss of 20% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 0.8%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 11% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Reitmans (Canada)’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.

But note: Reitmans (Canada) may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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