Thanks in no small measure to Vanguard founder Jack Bogle, it’s easy buy a low cost index fund, which should provide the average market return. But you can make better returns by buying undervalued shares. Notably, the Jaeren Sparebank (OB:JAEREN) share price has gained 42% in three years, which is better than the average market return. Zooming in, the stock is up a respectable 6.9% in the last year.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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).
Over the last three years, Jaerenrebank failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 17% (annualized). Thus, it seems unlikely that the market is focussed on EPS growth at the moment. 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 dividend is higher than it was preciously, so that may have assisted the share price. Sometimes yield-chasing investors will flock to a company if they think the dividend can grow over time. The revenue growth of about 4.3% per year might also encourage buyers.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Jaerenrebank the TSR over the last 3 years was 65%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Jaerenrebank shareholders have gained 13% (in total) over the last year. That’s including the dividend. But the three year TSR of 18% per year is even better. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Jaerenrebank’s dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.
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