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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, the CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (HKG:1883) share price is 28% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around -8.3% in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. However, the longer term returns haven’t been so impressive, with the stock up just 2.8% in the last three years.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.
CITIC Telecom International Holdings was able to grow EPS by 0.7% in the last twelve months. The share price gain of 28% certainly outpaced the EPS growth. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it a year ago.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
This free interactive report on CITIC Telecom International Holdings’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any 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. We note that for CITIC Telecom International Holdings the TSR over the last year was 38%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that CITIC Telecom International Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 38% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 6.1% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at CITIC Telecom International Holdings’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.
We will like CITIC Telecom International Holdings better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.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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