IASO’s (ATH:IASO) Wonderful 454% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

For us, stock picking is in large part the hunt for the truly magnificent stocks. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. For example, the IASO S.A. (ATH:IASO) share price is up a whopping 454% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. On top of that, the share price is up 22% in about a quarter. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 17% in the last three months.

View our latest analysis for IASO

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

IASO became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

ATSE:IASO Past and Future Earnings, April 12th 2019
ATSE:IASO Past and Future Earnings, April 12th 2019

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

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’ve already covered IASO’s share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). 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. IASO hasn’t been paying dividends, but its TSR of 454% exceeds its share price return of 454%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that IASO has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 58% in the last twelve months. That’s better than the annualised return of 18% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how IASO scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

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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 GR exchanges.

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