Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Unfortunately the RBL Bank Limited (NSE:RBLBANK) share price slid 39% over twelve months. That’s disappointing when you consider the market returned 3.5%. At least the damage isn’t so bad if you look at the last three years, since the stock is down 3.3% in that time. The share price has dropped 52% in three months.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Even though the RBL Bank 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. But we might find some different metrics explain the share price movements better.
Given the yield is quite low, at 0.9%, we doubt the dividend can shed much light on the share price. RBL Bank’s revenue is actually up 38% over the last year. Since we can’t easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time.
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. You can see what analysts are predicting for RBL Bank in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for RBL Bank shares, which cost holders 39% , including dividends , while the market was up about 3.5%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The three-year loss of 0.8% per year isn’t as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. Although Warren Buffett famously said he likes to ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of RBL Bank by clicking this link.
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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 IN exchanges.
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