We think all investors should try to buy and hold high quality multi-year winners. And we’ve seen some truly amazing gains over the years. Don’t believe it? Then look at the Public Joint Stock Company Inter RAO UES (MCX:IRAO) share price. It’s 627% higher than it was five years ago. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 39% gain in the last three months.
It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.
During the five years of share price growth, Inter RAO UES moved from a loss to profitability. Sometimes, the start of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal fast earnings growth to come, which in turn justifies very strong share price gains. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it’s worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. We can see that the Inter RAO UES share price is up 60% in the last three years. During the same period, EPS grew by 9.9% each year. This EPS growth is lower than the 17% average annual increase in the share price over three years. So it’s fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Inter RAO UES has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you’re interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.
What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Inter RAO UES’s TSR for the last 5 years was 723%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Inter RAO UES shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 71% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 52%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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 2 warning signs for Inter RAO UES you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning.
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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 RU exchanges.
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