The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. For example, the Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE:WWW) share price has soared 119% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite. It’s also good to see the share price up 12% over the last quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 13% in 90 days).
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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).
Wolverine World Wide was able to grow its EPS at 19% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. This EPS growth is lower than the 30% average annual increase in the share price. 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.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Wolverine World Wide has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Wolverine World Wide will grow revenue in the future.
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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Wolverine World Wide’s TSR for the last 3 years was 125%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Wolverine World Wide has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 24% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 8.0% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before spending more time on Wolverine World Wide it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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