By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But many of us dare to dream of bigger returns, and build a portfolio ourselves. For example, the Tatton Asset Management plc (LON:TAM) share price is up 36% in the last three years, clearly besting the market decline of around 24% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven't been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 31% , including dividends .
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 flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
Tatton Asset Management was able to grow its EPS at 94% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 11% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So one could reasonably conclude that the market has cooled on the stock.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Tatton Asset Management'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. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Tatton Asset Management the TSR over the last 3 years was 51%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Tatton Asset Management shareholders have gained 31% (in total) over the last year. That includes the value of the dividend. That gain actually surpasses the 15% TSR it generated (per year) over three years. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting Tatton Asset Management on your watchlist. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Tatton Asset Management better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Tatton Asset Management 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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