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Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. Buying under-rated businesses is one path to excess returns. For example, the SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland (OB:RING) share price is up 53% in the last 5 years, clearly besting than the market return of around 13% (ignoring dividends). However, more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 11% in the last year, including dividends.
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 five years of share price growth, SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 9.4% per year. This EPS growth is reasonably close to the 8.9% average annual increase in the share price. This indicates that investor sentiment towards the company has not changed a great deal. In fact, the share price seems to largely reflect the EPS growth.
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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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland’s TSR for the last 5 years was 101%, 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
It’s nice to see that SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 11% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 15% per year, is even more impressive. Before spending more time on SpareBank 1 Ringerike Hadeland it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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 NO exchanges.
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