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What Type Of Returns Would Azkoyen's(BME:AZK) Shareholders Have Earned If They Purchased Their SharesThree Years Ago?

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Azkoyen, S.A. (BME:AZK) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 21% in the last quarter. But that cannot eclipse the less-than-impressive returns over the last three years. After all, the share price is down 33% in the last three years, significantly under-performing the market.

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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 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.

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BME:AZK Earnings Per Share Growth February 7th 2021

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Azkoyen's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Its history of dividend payouts mean that Azkoyen's TSR, which was a 24% drop over the last 3 years, was not as bad as the share price return.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 11% in the twelve months, Azkoyen shareholders did even worse, losing 15%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 9%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. 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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Azkoyen you should know about.

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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 ES exchanges.

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