China Bohai Bank (HKG:9668) stock falls 6.4% in past week as one-year earnings and shareholder returns continue downward trend

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 14, 2022
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China Bohai Bank Co., Ltd. (HKG:9668) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 24% in the last month. But that isn't much consolation to those who have suffered through the declines of the last year. Like an arid lake in a warming world, shareholder value has evaporated, with the share price down 61% in that time. The share price recovery is not so impressive when you consider the fall. Of course, it could be that the fall was overdone.

Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.

Check out our latest analysis for China Bohai Bank

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Unfortunately China Bohai Bank reported an EPS drop of 8.0% for the last year. This reduction in EPS is not as bad as the 61% share price fall. This suggests the EPS fall has made some shareholders are more nervous about the business. The P/E ratio of 2.46 also points to the negative market sentiment.

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

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SEHK:9668 Earnings Per Share Growth April 14th 2022

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. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on China Bohai Bank's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We doubt China Bohai Bank shareholders are happy with the loss of 60% over twelve months (even including dividends). That falls short of the market, which lost 20%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 46% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for China Bohai Bank you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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