If You Had Bought Liechtensteinische Landesbank (VTX:LLBN) Shares A Year Ago You’d Have Made 10%

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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. To wit, the Liechtensteinische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft (VTX:LLBN) share price is 10% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 1.3% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. Liechtensteinische Landesbank hasn’t been listed for long, so it’s still not clear if it is a long term winner.

Check out our latest analysis for Liechtensteinische Landesbank

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.

During the last year, Liechtensteinische Landesbank actually saw its earnings per share drop 28%. 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.

Revenue was pretty flat year on year, but maybe a closer look at the data can explain the market optimism.

Depicted in the graphic below, you’ll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.

SWX:LLBN Income Statement, May 7th 2019
SWX:LLBN Income Statement, May 7th 2019

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What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. In the case of Liechtensteinische Landesbank, it has a TSR of 17% for the last year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Liechtensteinische Landesbank shareholders have gained 17% over the last year, including dividends. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 8.3% in the last three months. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. Before forming an opinion on Liechtensteinische Landesbank you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.

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 CH exchanges.

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