If You Had Bought Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877 (FRA:BLH) Stock Three Years Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 17% Loss, Today

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Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But if you try your hand at stock picking, your risk returning less than the market. We regret to report that long term Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft Aktiengesellschaft von 1877 (FRA:BLH) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 17% in three years, versus a market return of about 20%.

See our latest analysis for Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

Although the share price is down over three years, Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877 actually managed to grow EPS by 14% per year in that time. 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. It’s worth taking a look at other metrics, because the EPS growth doesn’t seem to match with the falling share price.

We note that, in three years, revenue has actually grown at a 6.2% annual rate, so that doesn’t seem to be a reason to sell shares. It’s probably worht worth investigating Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877 further; while we may be missing something on this analysis, there might also be an opportunity.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

DB:BLH Income Statement, June 10th 2019
DB:BLH Income Statement, June 10th 2019

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What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877 the TSR over the last 3 years was -12%, 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

We’re pleased to report that Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877 shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 2.3% over one year. And that does include the dividend. However, that falls short of the 5.3% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. The pessimistic view would be that be that the stock has its best days behind it, but on the other hand the price might simply be moderating while the business itself continues to execute. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Bremer Lagerhaus Gesellschaft von 1877’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.

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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 DE exchanges.

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