For many, the main point of investing in the stock market is to achieve spectacular returns. And highest quality companies can see their share prices grow by huge amounts. To wit, the Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical Company (ATH:TENERGY) share price has soared 339% over five years. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. In the last week shares have slid back 3.9%.
While the stock has fallen 3.9% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.
During five years of share price growth, Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 13% per year. We note, however, that extraordinary items have impacted earnings. This EPS growth is lower than the 34% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. And that's hardly shocking given the track record of growth.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical, it has a TSR of 447% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 4.8% over one year. That's including the dividend. However, that falls short of the 40% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. 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. 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 2 warning signs for Terna Energy Societe Anonyme Commercial Technical 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 GR exchanges.
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