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Babcock International Group (LON:BAB) earnings and shareholder returns have been trending downwards for the last five years, but the stock rises 4.1% this past week

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We think intelligent long term investing is the way to go. But along the way some stocks are going to perform badly. For example, after five long years the Babcock International Group PLC (LON:BAB) share price is a whole 56% lower. That's an unpleasant experience for long term holders. In contrast, the stock price has popped 9.6% in the last thirty days. However, this may be a matter of broader market optimism, since stocks are up 6.8% in the same time.

The recent uptick of 4.1% could be a positive sign of things to come, so let's take a look at historical fundamentals.

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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.

Babcock International Group became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

Arguably, the revenue drop of 3.4% a year for half a decade suggests that the company can't grow in the long term. That could explain the weak share price.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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LSE:BAB Earnings and Revenue Growth November 28th 2022

Babcock International Group is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. Given we have quite a good number of analyst forecasts, it might be well worth checking out this free chart depicting consensus estimates.

What About The Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Babcock International Group'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. Dividends have been really beneficial for Babcock International Group shareholders, and that cash payout explains why its total shareholder loss of 51%, over the last 5 years, isn't as bad as the share price return.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 1.6% in the twelve months, Babcock International Group shareholders did even worse, losing 2.2%. 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. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 9% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We'd need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Babcock International Group better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Babcock International Group (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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 GB exchanges.

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