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The simplest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. To wit, the Pearl Global Industries Limited (NSE:PGIL) share price is 31% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around -0.9% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! Zooming out, the stock is actually down 24% in the last three years.
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.
During the last year Pearl Global Industries grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 179%. This EPS growth is significantly higher than the 31% increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market isn’t as excited about Pearl Global Industries as it was before. This could be an opportunity. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 5.41.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Dive deeper into Pearl Global Industries’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Pearl Global Industries’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between Pearl Global Industries’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Dividends have been really beneficial for Pearl Global Industries shareholders, and that cash payout contributed to why its TSR of 33%, over the last year, is better than the share price return.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Pearl Global Industries shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 33% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 1.0%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Is Pearl Global Industries cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
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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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