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Future Enterprises Limited (NSE:FELDVR) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 18% in the last quarter. But that shouldn’t obscure the pleasing returns achieved by shareholders over the last three years. To wit, the share price did better than an index fund, climbing 77% during that period.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Over the last three years, Future Enterprises failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 45% (annualized). So we doubt that the market is looking to EPS for its main judge of the company’s value. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.
You can only imagine how long term shareholders feel about the declining revenue trend (slipping at 13% per year). What’s clear is that historic earnings and revenue aren’t matching up with the share price action, very well. So you might have to dig deeper to get a grasp of the situation
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
Balance sheet strength is crucual. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Dividend Lost
It’s important to keep in mind that we’ve been talking about the share price returns, which don’t include dividends, while the total shareholder return does. Many would argue the TSR gives a more complete picture of the value a stock brings to its holders. Future Enterprises’s TSR over the last 3 years is 80%; better than its share price return. Even though the company isn’t paying dividends at the moment, it has done in the past.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Future Enterprises had a tough year, with a total loss of 11%, against a market gain of about 0.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 15% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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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