One simple way to benefit from the stock market is to buy an index fund. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. Just take a look at Hexaware Technologies Limited (NSE:HEXAWARE), which is up 67%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 22% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 12% in the last year , including dividends .
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 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.
Hexaware Technologies was able to grow its EPS at 15% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. We note that the 19% yearly (average) share price gain isn’t too far from the EPS growth rate. Coincidence? Probably not. This suggests that sentiment and expectations have not changed drastically. Au contraire, the share price change has arguably mimicked the EPS growth.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time.
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Hexaware Technologies’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Hexaware Technologies’s TSR for the last 3 years was 77%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Hexaware Technologies has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 12% in the last twelve months. Of course, that includes the dividend. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 13% per year, is even more impressive. If you would like to research Hexaware Technologies 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 like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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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