The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Unfortunately the CdR Advance Capital S.p.A. (BIT:CDR) share price slid 47% over twelve months. That contrasts poorly with the market return of -0.6%. However, the longer term returns haven’t been so bad, with the stock down 20% in the last three years.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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 the unfortunate twelve months during which the CdR Advance Capital share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 140%. Of course, the situation might betray previous over-optimism about growth. The divergence between the EPS and the share price is quite notable, during the year. So it’s well worth checking out some other metrics, too.
We don’t see any weakness in the CdR Advance Capital’s dividend so the steady payout can’t really explain the share price drop. The revenue trend doesn’t seem to explain why the share price is down. Of course, it could simply be that it simply fell short of the market consensus expectations.
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between CdR Advance Capital’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Its history of dividend payouts mean that CdR Advance Capital’s TSR, which was a 47% drop over the last year, was not as bad as the share price return.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 0.6% in the twelve months, CdR Advance Capital shareholders did even worse, losing 47% (even including dividends). However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 7.2% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Before forming an opinion on CdR Advance Capital you might want to consider the cold hard cash it pays as a dividend. This free chart tracks its dividend over time.
But note: CdR Advance Capital may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on IT exchanges.
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