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Further weakness as Hengtai Securities (HKG:1476) drops 6.4% this week, taking three-year losses to 12%
As an investor its worth striving to ensure your overall portfolio beats the market average. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd (HKG:1476) shareholders, since the share price is down 12% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 16%.
If the past week is anything to go by, investor sentiment for Hengtai Securities isn't positive, so let's see if there's a mismatch between fundamentals and the share price.
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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.
Hengtai Securities saw its share price decline over the three years in which its EPS also dropped, falling to a loss. This was, in part, due to extraordinary items impacting earnings. Since the company has fallen to a loss making position, it's hard to compare the change in EPS with the share price change. However, we can say we'd expect to see a falling share price in this scenario.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Hengtai Securities' earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Hengtai Securities shareholders are down 6.0% for the year, but the market itself is up 9.1%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 0.6% over the last half decade. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Hengtai Securities better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Hengtai Securities 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 Hong Kong exchanges.
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Hengtai Securities Co., Ltd provides a range of financial products and services in China.
Adequate balance sheet with weak fundamentals.