Introducing Veeko International Holdings, The Stock That Slid 55% In The Last Five Years

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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But every investor is virtually certain to have both over-performing and under-performing stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Veeko International Holdings Limited (HKG:1173), since the last five years saw the share price fall 55%. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 1.2%.

Check out our latest analysis for Veeko International Holdings

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

In the last five years Veeko International Holdings improved its bottom line results, having previously been loss-making. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining.

Revenue is actually up 3.2% over the time period. A more detailed examination of the revenue and earnings may or may not explain why the share price languishes; there could be an opportunity.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

SEHK:1173 Income Statement, February 25th 2019
SEHK:1173 Income Statement, February 25th 2019

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. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Veeko International Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. The TSR incorporates the value of any discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Veeko International Holdings the TSR over the last 5 years was -43%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Veeko International Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 7.5% over one year. That’s including the dividend. That certainly beats the loss of about 11% per year over the last half decade. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Is Veeko International Holdings cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

Of course Veeko International 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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