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Energiedienst Holding (VTX:EDHN) sheds 4.9% this week, as yearly returns fall more in line with earnings growth
Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, long term Energiedienst Holding AG (VTX:EDHN) shareholders have enjoyed a 71% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 13% (not including dividends).
Although Energiedienst Holding has shed CHF73m from its market cap this week, let's take a look at its longer term fundamental trends and see if they've driven returns.
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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During five years of share price growth, Energiedienst Holding achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 25% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 11% over the same period. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Energiedienst Holding has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Energiedienst Holding stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
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 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, Energiedienst Holding's TSR for the last 5 years was 87%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
Although it hurts that Energiedienst Holding returned a loss of 5.3% in the last twelve months, the broader market was actually worse, returning a loss of 6.9%. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 13%, each year, over five years. It could be that the business is just facing some short term problems, but shareholders should keep a close eye on the fundamentals. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Energiedienst Holding you should be aware of, and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored.
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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 Swiss exchanges.
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Energiedienst Holding AG, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of electricity under NatureEnergie brand in Switzerland.
Good value with adequate balance sheet.