- Hong Kong
- Marine and Shipping
The total return for Pacific Basin Shipping (HKG:2343) investors has risen faster than earnings growth over the last three years
It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For instance the Pacific Basin Shipping Limited (HKG:2343) share price is 238% higher than it was three years ago. How nice for those who held the stock! It's also good to see the share price up 18% over the last quarter. This could be related to the recent financial results, released recently - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.
While this past week has detracted from the company's three-year return, let's look at the recent trends of the underlying business and see if the gains have been in alignment.
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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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.
Pacific Basin Shipping was able to grow its EPS at 189% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is higher than the 50% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 2.97.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Pacific Basin Shipping has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Pacific Basin Shipping, it has a TSR of 382% for the last 3 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
While it's never nice to take a loss, Pacific Basin Shipping shareholders can take comfort that , including dividends,their trailing twelve month loss of 1.6% wasn't as bad as the market loss of around 3.7%. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 17%, each year, over five years. It could be that the business is just facing some short term problems, but shareholders should keep a close eye on the fundamentals. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Pacific Basin Shipping better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 4 warning signs with Pacific Basin Shipping (at least 1 which is concerning) , 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 Hong Kong exchanges.
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Pacific Basin Shipping
Pacific Basin Shipping Limited, an investment holding company, provides dry bulk shipping services worldwide.
Flawless balance sheet, undervalued and pays a dividend.