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Saudi Reinsurance's (TADAWUL:8200) earnings growth rate lags the 30% CAGR delivered to shareholders
Saudi Reinsurance Company (TADAWUL:8200) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 12% in the last month. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been very strong. Indeed, the share price is up a very strong 122% in that time. To some, the recent share price pullback wouldn't be surprising after such a good run. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.
In light of the stock dropping 10% in the past week, we want to investigate the longer term story, and see if fundamentals have been the driver of the company's positive three-year return.
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To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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 three years of share price growth, Saudi Reinsurance achieved compound earnings per share growth of 7.3% per year. In comparison, the 30% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. This indicates that the market is feeling more optimistic on the stock, after the last few years of progress. It is quite common to see investors become enamoured with a business, after a few years of solid progress.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free interactive report on Saudi Reinsurance's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
The total return of 15% received by Saudi Reinsurance shareholders over the last year isn't far from the market return of -16%. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 12%, each year, over five years. If the stock price has been impacted by changing sentiment, rather than deteriorating business conditions, it could spell opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Saudi Reinsurance that you should be aware of before investing here.
But note: Saudi Reinsurance may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on Saudi exchanges.
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Saudi Reinsurance Company provides various reinsurance solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, rest of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and internationally.
Mediocre balance sheet with questionable track record.