Prestar Resources Berhad's (KLSE:PRESTAR) underlying earnings growth outpaced the decent return generated for shareholders over the past three years

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 10, 2022
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Prestar Resources Berhad (KLSE:PRESTAR) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 15% in the last week. But over three years, the returns would have left most investors smiling After all, the share price is up a market-beating 41% in that time.

While the stock has fallen 15% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

Check out our latest analysis for Prestar Resources Berhad

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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 three years of share price growth, Prestar Resources Berhad achieved compound earnings per share growth of 133% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 12% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat. We'd venture the lowish P/E ratio of 2.20 also reflects the negative sentiment around the stock.

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

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KLSE:PRESTAR Earnings Per Share Growth March 10th 2022

This free interactive report on Prestar Resources Berhad's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Prestar Resources Berhad's TSR for the last 3 years was 53%, 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

Although it hurts that Prestar Resources Berhad returned a loss of 1.3% in the last twelve months, the broader market was actually worse, returning a loss of 3.3%. Of course, the long term returns are far more important and the good news is that over five years, the stock has returned 5% for each year. In the best case scenario the last year is just a temporary blip on the journey to a brighter future. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 5 warning signs for Prestar Resources Berhad you should be aware of, and 2 of them shouldn't be ignored.

We will like Prestar Resources Berhad better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on MY exchanges.

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