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 on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. Long term Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (NSE:GUJFLUORO) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 231% in five years. It's also good to see the share price up 13% over the last quarter. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 5.7% in the last three months.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 five years of share price growth, Gujarat Fluorochemicals actually saw its EPS drop 2.6% per year. So it's hard to argue that the earnings per share are the best metric to judge the company, as it may not be optimized for profits at this point. 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.
The modest 0.3% dividend yield is unlikely to be propping up the share price. In contrast revenue growth of 3.6% per year is probably viewed as evidence that Gujarat Fluorochemicals is growing, a real positive. It's quite possible that management are prioritizing revenue growth over EPS growth at the moment.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
We know that Gujarat Fluorochemicals has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Gujarat Fluorochemicals stock, you should check out this freereport showing analyst profit forecasts.
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. We note that for Gujarat Fluorochemicals the TSR over the last 5 years was 240%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Gujarat Fluorochemicals has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 25% in the last twelve months. Of course, that includes the dividend. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 28% a year, is even better. If you would like to research Gujarat Fluorochemicals in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this freelist of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.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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