Can You Imagine How Elated Tanla Solutions’s (NSE:TANLA) Shareholders Feel About Its 878% Share Price Gain?

Long term investing can be life changing when you buy and hold the truly great businesses. And we’ve seen some truly amazing gains over the years. Don’t believe it? Then look at the Tanla Solutions Limited (NSE:TANLA) share price. It’s 878% higher than it was five years ago. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 52% gain in the last three months.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

View our latest analysis for Tanla Solutions

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the five years of share price growth, Tanla Solutions moved from a loss to profitability. That kind of transition can be an inflection point that justifies a strong share price gain, just as we have seen here.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NSEI:TANLA Past and Future Earnings, April 12th 2019
NSEI:TANLA Past and Future Earnings, April 12th 2019

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Tanla Solutions’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). 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. We note that for Tanla Solutions the TSR over the last 5 years was 899%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Tanla Solutions has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 36% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. However, that falls short of the 58% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. The pessimistic view would be that be that the stock has its best days behind it, but on the other hand the price might simply be moderating while the business itself continues to execute. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares – and the price they paid.

Tanla Solutions is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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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