If You Had Bought Sognrebank (OB:SOGN) Shares Five Years Ago You’d Have Made 102%

Want to participate in a short research study? Help shape the future of investing tools and you could win a $250 gift card!

When you buy a stock there is always a possibility that it could drop 100%. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. For instance, the price of Sogn Sparebank (OB:SOGN) stock is up an impressive 102% over the last five years. In the last week shares have slid back 2.7%.

View our latest analysis for Sognrebank

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 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.

Sognrebank’s earnings per share are down 18% per year, despite strong share price performance over five years. This was, in part, due to extraordinary items impacting earning in the last twelve months. 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 doubt the modest 1.9% dividend yield is attracting many buyers to the stock. On the other hand, Sognrebank’s revenue is growing nicely, at a compound rate of 4.0% over the last five years. It’s quite possible that management are prioritizing revenue growth over EPS growth at the moment.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

OB:SOGN Income Statement, April 30th 2019
OB:SOGN Income Statement, April 30th 2019

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. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of Sognrebank, it has a TSR of 136% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Sognrebank shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 38% over one year. Of course, that includes the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 19%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Sognrebank scores on these 3 valuation metrics.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NO exchanges.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.