Those Who Purchased Leonteq (VTX:LEON) Shares Three Years Ago Have A 61% Loss To Show For It

If you are building a properly diversified stock portfolio, the chances are some of your picks will perform badly. Long term Leonteq AG (VTX:LEON) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Unfortunately, they have held through a 61% decline in the share price in that time. The more recent news is of little comfort, with the share price down 28% in a year. On top of that, the share price has dropped a further 8.1% in a month.

Check out our latest analysis for Leonteq

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

During the unfortunate three years of share price decline, Leonteq actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 7.8% per year. This is quite a puzzle, and suggests there might be something temporarily buoying the share price. Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

Revenue is actually up 7.3% over the three years, so the share price drop doesn’t seem to hinge on revenue, either. This analysis is just perfunctory, but it might be worth researching Leonteq more closely, as sometimes stocks fall unfairly. This could present an opportunity.

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:LEON Income Statement, March 16th 2019
SWX:LEON Income Statement, March 16th 2019

We know that Leonteq has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Dividend Lost

The share price return figures discussed above don’t include the value of dividends paid previously, but the total shareholder return (TSR) does. By accounting for the value of dividends paid, the TSR can be seen as a more complete measure of the value a company brings to its shareholders. Leonteq’s TSR over the last 3 years is -59%; better than its share price return. Although the company had to cut dividends, it has paid cash to shareholders in the past.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 7.1% in the last year, Leonteq shareholders lost 26%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 14% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Is Leonteq cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

We will like Leonteq 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 CH exchanges.

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