As every investor would know, you don't hit a homerun every time you swing. But it would be foolish to simply accept every extremely large loss as an inevitable part of the game. It must have been painful to be a Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) Limited (HKG:312) shareholder over the last year, since the stock price plummeted 72% in that time. While some investors are willing to stomach this sort of loss, they are usually professionals who spread their bets thinly. Notably, shareholders had a tough run over the longer term, too, with a drop of 35% in the last three years. It's down 1.3% in the last seven days.
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.
Even though the Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. Of course, the situation might betray previous over-optimism about growth.
It's surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it's easy to justify a look at some other metrics.
We don't see any weakness in the Shirble Department Store Holdings (China)'s dividend so the steady payout can't really explain the share price drop. We'd be more worried about the fact that revenue fell 26% year on year. The market may be extrapolating the decline, leading to questions around the sustainability of the EPS.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) had a tough year, with a total loss of 71% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 25%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 3% 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. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Shirble Department Store Holdings (China) 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 HK exchanges.
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