Despite the downward trend in earnings at United Development Company Q.P.S.C (DSM:UDCD) the stock lifts 6.8%, bringing five-year gains to 13%

July 21, 2022
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November 14, 2022
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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in United Development Company Q.P.S.C. (DSM:UDCD), since the last five years saw the share price fall 13%.

On a more encouraging note the company has added ر.ق336m to its market cap in just the last 7 days, so let's see if we can determine what's driven the five-year loss for shareholders.

See our latest analysis for United Development Company Q.P.S.C

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Looking back five years, both United Development Company Q.P.S.C's share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 9.6% per year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 3% compound annual share price fall. So investors might expect EPS to bounce back -- or they may have previously foreseen the EPS decline.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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DSM:UDCD Earnings Per Share Growth July 21st 2022

This free interactive report on United Development Company Q.P.S.C's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

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 is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of United Development Company Q.P.S.C, it has a TSR of 13% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

United Development Company Q.P.S.C provided a TSR of 4.2% over the last twelve months. But that was short of the market average. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it's actually better than the average return of 2% over half a decade It is possible that returns will improve along with the business fundamentals. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand United Development Company Q.P.S.C better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with United Development Company Q.P.S.C (including 1 which is potentially serious) .

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on QA exchanges.

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