DHT Holdings (NYSE:DHT) shareholder returns have been respectable, earning 90% in 5 years

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 13, 2022
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It hasn't been the best quarter for DHT Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHT) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 13% in that time. But at least the stock is up over the last five years. In that time, it is up 33%, which isn't bad, but is below the market return of 125%.

Since the stock has added US$56m to its market cap in the past week alone, let's see if underlying performance has been driving long-term returns.

See our latest analysis for DHT Holdings

Given that DHT Holdings didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

For the last half decade, DHT Holdings can boast revenue growth at a rate of 12% per year. That's a pretty good long term growth rate. While the share price has gained 6% per year for five years, that's hardly amazing considering the market also rose. You could even argue that the share price was over optimistic, previously.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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NYSE:DHT Earnings and Revenue Growth January 13th 2022

Take a more thorough look at DHT Holdings' financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of DHT Holdings, it has a TSR of 90% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

DHT Holdings shareholders are down 0.6% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 16%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 14%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for DHT Holdings (1 is a bit unpleasant) that you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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