Statistically speaking, long term investing is a profitable endeavour. But along the way some stocks are going to perform badly. Zooming in on an example, the TD Power Systems Limited (NSE:TDPOWERSYS) share price dropped 59% in the last half decade. That’s not a lot of fun for true believers.
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 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).
During five years of share price growth, TD Power Systems moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.
We don’t think that the 1.4% is big factor in the share price, since it’s quite small, as dividends go. Arguably, the revenue drop of 7.6% a year for half a decade suggests that the company can’t grow in the long term. That could explain the weak share price.
You can see below how revenue has changed over time.
Take a more thorough look at TD Power Systems’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, TD Power Systems’s TSR for the last 5 years was -56%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that TD Power Systems has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 12% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 15% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
We will like TD Power Systems 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 IN exchanges.
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