The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the Wealthy Way Group Limited (HKG:3848) share price is up 26% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around -7.3% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so it the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.
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 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 last year, Wealthy Way Group actually saw its earnings per share drop 36%. Given the share price gain, we doubt the market is measuring progress with EPS. Therefore, it seems likely that investors are putting more weight on metrics other than EPS, at the moment.
Unfortunately Wealthy Way Group’s fell 14% over twelve months. So the fundamental metrics don’t provide an obvious explanation for the share price gain.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Wealthy Way Group’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
Wealthy Way Group shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 26% over the last twelve months. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 33% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. Before forming an opinion on Wealthy Way Group you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
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