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By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But many of us dare to dream of bigger returns, and build a portfolio ourselves. Just take a look at TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ:TRS), which is up 92%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 53%. On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 27%.
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ 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.
TriMas became profitable within the last three years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that TriMas has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? This free report showing analyst revenue forecasts should help you figure out if the EPS growth can be sustained.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there’s a difference between TriMas’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we’ve covered above. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. We note that TriMas’s TSR, at 92% is higher than its share price rise of 92%. When you consider it hasn’t been paying a dividend, this data suggests shareholders may have had the opportunity to acquire attractively priced shares in the business.
A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that TriMas shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 27% over one year. That’s better than the annualised return of 3.1% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. If you would like to research TriMas in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
But note: TriMas 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 US exchanges.
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