Did Business Growth Power OFG Bancorp’s (NYSE:OFG) Share Price Gain of 141%?

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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For instance the OFG Bancorp (NYSE:OFG) share price is 141% higher than it was three years ago. How nice for those who held the stock! It’s also good to see the share price up 17% over the last quarter.

See our latest analysis for OFG Bancorp

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

OFG Bancorp was able to grow its EPS at 356% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is higher than the 34% average annual increase in the share price. So one could reasonably conclude that the market has cooled on the stock.

NYSE:OFG Past and Future Earnings, July 18th 2019
NYSE:OFG Past and Future Earnings, July 18th 2019

We know that OFG Bancorp has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of OFG Bancorp, it has a TSR of 156% for the last 3 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that OFG Bancorp has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 54% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 8.9% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. If you would like to research OFG Bancorp in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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