Did Business Growth Power Character Group’s (LON:CCT) Share Price Gain of 216%?

The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. Long term The Character Group plc (LON:CCT) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 216% in five years. We note the stock price is up 3.7% in the last seven days.

View our latest analysis for Character Group

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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.

Over half a decade, Character Group managed to grow its earnings per share at 130% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 26% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn’t so enthusiastic about the stock these days.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

AIM:CCT Past and Future Earnings, April 17th 2019
AIM:CCT Past and Future Earnings, April 17th 2019

Dive deeper into Character Group’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Character Group’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Character Group the TSR over the last 5 years was 276%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Character Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 21% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 30% per year, is even more impressive. 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 Character Group’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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