These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the mBank S.A. (WSE:MBK) share price is up 39% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around 31% (not including dividends). That's a solid performance by our standards! Zooming out, the stock is actually down 19% in the last three years.
To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During the last year, mBank actually saw its earnings per share drop 65%.
So we don't think that investors are paying too much attention to EPS. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.
We think that the revenue growth of 5.5% could have some investors interested. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on mBank's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that mBank has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 39% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 1.7% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. 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 3 warning signs for mBank you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit unpleasant.
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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 PL exchanges.
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