Investors Who Bought TransGlobe Energy (NASDAQ:TGA) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 72%

While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the TransGlobe Energy Corporation (NASDAQ:TGA) share price has gained 17% in the last three months. But that can’t change the reality that over the longer term (five years), the returns have been really quite dismal. Indeed, the share price is down 72% in the period. So we’re hesitant to put much weight behind the short term increase. We’d err towards caution given the long term under-performance.

Check out our latest analysis for TransGlobe Energy

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. 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 five years of share price growth, TransGlobe Energy moved from a loss to profitability. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

It could be that the revenue decline of 21% per year is viewed as evidence that TransGlobe Energy is shrinking. That could explain the weak share price.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NasdaqGS:TGA Income Statement, March 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:TGA Income Statement, March 15th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling TransGlobe Energy stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for TransGlobe Energy the TSR over the last 5 years was -68%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that TransGlobe Energy shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 58% over one year. And that does include the dividend. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 20% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares – and the price they paid.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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