If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the ASR Nederland N.V. (AMS:ASRNL) share price is up 11% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around 4.6% (not including dividends). That’s a solid performance by our standards! We’ll need to follow ASR Nederland for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn’t been listed for particularly long.
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. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During the last year, ASR Nederland actually saw its earnings per share drop 24%. This means it’s unlikely the market is judging the company based on earnings growth. Since the change in EPS doesn’t seem to correlate with the change in share price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.
We note that the most recent dividend payment is higher than the payment a year ago, so that may have assisted the share price. Income-seeking investors probably helped bid up the stock price.
Depicted in the graphic below, you’ll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. If you are thinking of buying or selling ASR Nederland stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any 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, ASR Nederland’s TSR for the last year was 18%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that ASR Nederland shareholders have gained 18% over the last year, including dividends. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 11% in the last three months. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at ASR Nederland’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.
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