Ruifeng Power Group (HKG:2025) stock falls 12% in past week as three-year earnings and shareholder returns continue downward trend

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 16, 2021
SEHK:2025
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Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But if you try your hand at stock picking, your risk returning less than the market. We regret to report that long term Ruifeng Power Group Company Limited (HKG:2025) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 51% in three years, versus a market return of about 18%. And the ride hasn't got any smoother in recent times over the last year, with the price 27% lower in that time. Furthermore, it's down 15% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

With the stock having lost 12% in the past week, it's worth taking a look at business performance and seeing if there's any red flags.

View our latest analysis for Ruifeng Power Group

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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 the three years that the share price fell, Ruifeng Power Group's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 24% each year. This fall in EPS isn't far from the rate of share price decline, which was 21% per year. That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn't changed much over that time, despite the disappointment. In this case, it seems that the EPS is guiding the share price.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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SEHK:2025 Earnings Per Share Growth November 16th 2021

We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. This free interactive report on Ruifeng Power Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the 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. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Ruifeng Power Group's TSR for the last 3 years was -48%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

The last twelve months weren't great for Ruifeng Power Group shares, which cost holders 24%, including dividends, while the market was up about 1.4%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. The three-year loss of 14% per year isn't as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. Although Baron Rothschild famously said to "buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own", he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Ruifeng Power Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 4 warning signs with Ruifeng Power Group (at least 1 which can't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

We will like Ruifeng Power Group better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.

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