When you buy shares in a company, it’s worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. Long term Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Limited (NSE:PGHH) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 110% in five years. It’s also good to see the share price up 16% over the last quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 10% in 90 days).
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 6.8% per year. This EPS growth is lower than the 16% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. And that’s hardly shocking given the track record of growth. This favorable sentiment is reflected in its (fairly optimistic) P/E ratio of 94.01.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care, it has a TSR of 125% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 26% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 18% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
Of course Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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