Update: Telecom Service One Holdings (HKG:3997) Stock Gained 39% In The Last Three Years

While Telecom Service One Holdings Limited (HKG:3997) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 15% in the last quarter. But at least the stock is up over the last three years. However, it’s unlikely many shareholders are elated with the share price gain of 39% over that time, given the rising market.

Check out our latest analysis for Telecom Service One Holdings

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…’ 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 three years of share price growth, Telecom Service One Holdings actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) drop 11% per year. This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.

You can only imagine how long term shareholders feel about the declining revenue trend (slipping at 12% per year). What’s clear is that historic earnings and revenue aren’t matching up with the share price action, very well. So you might have to dig deeper to get a grasp of the situation

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

SEHK:3997 Income Statement, March 15th 2019
SEHK:3997 Income Statement, March 15th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. 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 Telecom Service One Holdings’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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Telecom Service One Holdings the TSR over the last 3 years was 51%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Telecom Service One Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 11% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 8.8% 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. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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