These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, the Amanet Management & Systems Ltd. (TLV:AMAN) share price is 64% higher than it was five years ago, which is more than the market average. Zooming in, the stock is up just 4.2% in the last year.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
Over half a decade, Amanet Management & Systems managed to grow its earnings per share at 32% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 10% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn’t so enthusiastic about the stock these days. The reasonably low P/E ratio of 3.51 also suggests market apprehension.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here.
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 is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Amanet Management & Systems the TSR over the last 5 years was 149%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Amanet Management & Systems shareholders are up 15% for the year (even including dividends) . Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 20% a year, over half a decade) look better. It’s quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Amanet Management & Systems better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example – Amanet Management & Systems has 3 warning signs (and 1 which shouldn’t be ignored) we think 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 IL exchanges.
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