Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Coaster International Co., Ltd. (TPE:2936) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 36% in three years, versus a market return of about 57%. Even worse, it's down 8.0% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.
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 way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During the three years that the share price fell, Coaster International's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 25% each year. In comparison the 14% compound annual share price decline isn't as bad as the EPS drop-off. So, despite the prior disappointment, shareholders must have some confidence the situation will improve, longer term.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on Coaster International's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Coaster International shareholders are up 5.0% for the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return of around 34%. On the bright side, that's certainly better than the yearly loss of about 11% endured over the last three years, implying that the company is doing better recently. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. 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. Take risks, for example - Coaster International has 2 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.
But note: Coaster International 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 TW exchanges.
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