For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Shangri-La Asia Limited (HKG:69) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 47% in three years, versus a market decline of about 8.7%. More recently, the share price has dropped a further 8.8% in a month. But this could be related to poor market conditions -- stocks are down 6.0% in the same time.
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...' One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Shangri-La Asia saw its share price decline over the three years in which its EPS also dropped, falling to a loss. Due to the loss, it's not easy to use EPS as a reliable guide to the business. However, we can say we'd expect to see a falling share price in this scenario.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Shangri-La Asia's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Shangri-La Asia shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 22% over the last year. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 2% per year over five years. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Shangri-La Asia better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Shangri-La Asia is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...
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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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