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Statistically speaking, long term investing is a profitable endeavour. But that doesn’t mean long term investors can avoid big losses. For example, after five long years the Asia Cassava Resources Holdings Limited (HKG:841) share price is a whole 59% lower. That is extremely sub-optimal, to say the least. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 22%. The good news is that the stock is up 3.8% in the last week.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
Looking back five years, both Asia Cassava Resources Holdings’s share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 28% per year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 16% compound annual share price fall. So the market may previously have expected a drop, or else it expects the situation will improve.
This free interactive report on Asia Cassava Resources Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between Asia Cassava Resources Holdings’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Dividends have been really beneficial for Asia Cassava Resources Holdings shareholders, and that cash payout explains why its total shareholder loss of 56%, over the last 5 years, isn’t as bad as the share price return.
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that Asia Cassava Resources Holdings shareholders are down 22% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 1.1%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 15% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Before forming an opinion on Asia Cassava Resources Holdings you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
Of course Asia Cassava Resources Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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