The 13% return delivered to Xingye Alloy Materials Group's (HKG:505) shareholders actually lagged YoY earnings growth

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
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When we invest, we're generally looking for stocks that outperform the market average. And the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, long term Xingye Alloy Materials Group Limited (HKG:505) shareholders have enjoyed a 13% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 10% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven't been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 8.7%.

After a strong gain in the past week, it's worth seeing if longer term returns have been driven by improving fundamentals.

See our latest analysis for Xingye Alloy Materials Group

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 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.

During five years of share price growth, Xingye Alloy Materials Group achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 49% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 2% average annual increase in the share price. So one could conclude that the broader market has become more cautious towards the stock. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 5.13.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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SEHK:505 Earnings Per Share Growth August 18th 2021

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Xingye Alloy Materials Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Xingye Alloy Materials Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 8.7% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 2% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. 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. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Xingye Alloy Materials Group (1 is potentially serious!) 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 HK exchanges.

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