It is doubtless a positive to see that the S.A.L. Steel Limited (NSE:SALSTEEL) share price has gained some 33% in the last three months. But that isn’t much consolation to those who have suffered through the declines of the last year. Like an arid lake in a warming world, shareholder value has evaporated, with the share price down 58% in that time. The share price recovery is not so impressive when you consider the fall. Arguably, the fall was overdone.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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).
S.A.L. Steel fell to a loss making position during the year. Some investors no doubt dumped the stock as a result. However, there may be an opportunity for investors if the company can recover.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) are depicted in the image below.
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 7.7% in the last year, S.A.L. Steel shareholders lost 58%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 3.1% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. 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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