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Earnings are growing at Edvantage Group Holdings (HKG:382) but shareholders still don't like its prospects
For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But if you try your hand at stock picking, your risk returning less than the market. We regret to report that long term Edvantage Group Holdings Limited (HKG:382) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 34% in three years, versus a market return of about 18%. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 29% in thirty days.
Since Edvantage Group Holdings has shed HK$393m from its value in the past 7 days, let's see if the longer term decline has been driven by the business' economics.
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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.
Although the share price is down over three years, Edvantage Group Holdings actually managed to grow EPS by 25% per year in that time. This is quite a puzzle, and suggests there might be something temporarily buoying the share price. Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
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.
We note that the dividend seems healthy enough, so that probably doesn't explain the share price drop. We like that Edvantage Group Holdings has actually grown its revenue over the last three years. But it's not clear to us why the share price is down. It might be worth diving deeper into the fundamentals, lest an opportunity goes begging.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We know that Edvantage Group Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Edvantage Group Holdings' TSR for the last 3 years was -28%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Edvantage Group Holdings rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 35% over the last year. And yes, that does include the dividend. That certainly beats the loss of about 9% per year over three years. We're generally cautious about putting too much weigh on shorter term data, but the recent improvement is definitely a positive. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Edvantage Group Holdings 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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Edvantage Group Holdings
Edvantage Group Holdings Limited, an investment holding company, operates private higher and vocational education institutions in the People’s Republic of China, Australia, and Singapore.
Undervalued with solid track record.