It's been a soft week for China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited (HKG:611) shares, which are down 16%. But that doesn't detract from the splendid returns of the last year. We're very pleased to report the share price shot up 132% in that time. So it is important to view the recent reduction in price through that lense. More important, going forward, is how the business itself is going.
In light of the stock dropping 16% in the past week, we want to investigate the longer term story, and see if fundamentals have been the driver of the company's positive one-year return.
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.
During the last year, China Nuclear Energy Technology actually saw its earnings per share drop 25%.
Given the share price gain, we doubt the market is measuring progress with EPS. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.
Unfortunately China Nuclear Energy Technology's fell 20% over twelve months. So using a snapshot of key business metrics doesn't give us a good picture of why the market is bidding up the stock.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
It's good to see that China Nuclear Energy Technology has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 132% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 7% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand China Nuclear Energy Technology better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for China Nuclear Energy Technology you should be aware of, and 2 of them are a bit unpleasant.
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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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