Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, the C.S. Lumber Co., Inc (TYO:7808) share price is 58% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 14% (not including dividends) in the same period. That’s a solid performance by our standards! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
During the last year C.S. Lumber grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 66%. We note that the earnings per share growth isn’t far from the share price growth (of 58%). That suggests that the market sentiment around the company hasn’t changed much over that time. It makes intuitive sense that the share price and EPS would grow at similar rates.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that C.S. Lumber has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you’re interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, C.S. Lumber’s TSR for the last year was 61%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that C.S. Lumber shareholders have gained 61% over the last year , including dividends . A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 21% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 6 warning signs we’ve spotted with C.S. Lumber (including 3 which is make us uncomfortable) .
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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 JP exchanges.
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