Such Is Life: How Unique Fabricating Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 60%

If you love investing in stocks you’re bound to buy some losers. Long term Unique Fabricating, Inc. (NYSEMKT:UFAB) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Unfortunately, they have held through a 60% decline in the share price in that time. And more recent buyers are having a tough time too, with a drop of 44% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 24% in the last three months.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.

During the three years that the share price fell, Unique Fabricating’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 6.1% each year. This reduction in EPS is slower than the 26% annual reduction in the share price. So it’s likely that the EPS decline has disappointed the market, leaving investors hesitant to buy. The less favorable sentiment is reflected in its current P/E ratio of 7.39.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

AMEX:UFAB Past and Future Earnings, March 4th 2019
AMEX:UFAB Past and Future Earnings, March 4th 2019

Dive deeper into Unique Fabricating’s key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Unique Fabricating’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Unique Fabricating, it has a TSR of -51% for the last 3 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

Over the last year, Unique Fabricating shareholders took a loss of 40%, including dividends. In contrast the market gained about 5.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Shareholders have lost 21% per year over the last three years, so the share price drop has become steeper, over the last year; a potential symptom of as yet unsolved challenges. Although Warren Buffett famously said he likes to ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Unique Fabricating’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.

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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 US exchanges.

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