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The five-year shareholder returns and company earnings persist lower as China Oriental Group (HKG:581) stock falls a further 6.8% in past week
We think intelligent long term investing is the way to go. But unfortunately, some companies simply don't succeed. To wit, the China Oriental Group Company Limited (HKG:581) share price managed to fall 73% over five long years. We certainly feel for shareholders who bought near the top. And the share price decline continued over the last week, dropping some 6.8%. However, this move may have been influenced by the broader market, which fell 3.3% in that time.
Since China Oriental Group has shed HK$409m from its value in the past 7 days, let's see if the longer term decline has been driven by the business' economics.
See our latest analysis for China Oriental Group
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 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).
During the five years over which the share price declined, China Oriental Group's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 2.6% each year. This reduction in EPS is less than the 23% annual reduction in the share price. This implies that the market was previously too optimistic about the stock. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 2.32.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of China Oriental Group, it has a TSR of -60% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
China Oriental Group shareholders are down 13% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 4.7%. 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, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 10% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand China Oriental Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with China Oriental Group (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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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China Oriental Group
China Oriental Group Company Limited manufactures and sells iron and steel products for downstream steel manufacturers in the People’s Republic of China.
Good value with adequate balance sheet.