Pulling back 4.5% this week, Haidilao International Holding's HKG:6862) three-year decline in earnings may be coming into investors focus

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 26, 2021
SEHK:6862
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It hasn't been the best quarter for Haidilao International Holding Ltd. (HKG:6862) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 20% in that time. But don't let that distract from the very nice return generated over three years. In the last three years the share price is up, 68%: better than the market.

Since the long term performance has been good but there's been a recent pullback of 4.5%, let's check if the fundamentals match the share price.

Check out our latest analysis for Haidilao International Holding

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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 the three years of share price growth, Haidilao International Holding actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) drop 0.7% per year.

Based on these numbers, we think that the decline in earnings per share may not be a good representation of how the business has changed over the years. 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.

Languishing at just 0.07%, we doubt the dividend is doing much to prop up the share price. It may well be that Haidilao International Holding revenue growth rate of 30% over three years has convinced shareholders to believe in a brighter future. In that case, the company may be sacrificing current earnings per share to drive growth, and maybe shareholder's faith in better days ahead will be rewarded.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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SEHK:6862 Earnings and Revenue Growth September 27th 2021

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. You can see what analysts are predicting for Haidilao International Holding in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

Haidilao International Holding shareholders are down 45% for the year, (even including dividends), but the broader market is up 13%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Fortunately the longer term story is brighter, with total returns averaging about 19% per year over three years. Sometimes when a good quality long term winner has a weak period, it's turns out to be an opportunity, but you really need to be sure that the quality is there. 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 4 warning signs for Haidilao International Holding (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

Haidilao International Holding is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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