AXIS Capital Holdings (NYSE:AXS) Shareholders Have Enjoyed A 35% Share Price Gain

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When you buy and hold a stock for the long term, you definitely want it to provide a positive return. But more than that, you probably want to see it rise more than the market average. But AXIS Capital Holdings Limited (NYSE:AXS) has fallen short of that second goal, with a share price rise of 35% over five years, which is below the market return. Meanwhile, the last twelve months saw the share price rise 3.8%.

See our latest analysis for AXIS Capital Holdings

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

During the last half decade, AXIS Capital Holdings became profitable. That’s generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price.

NYSE:AXS Past and Future Earnings, July 19th 2019
NYSE:AXS Past and Future Earnings, July 19th 2019

We know that AXIS Capital Holdings has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? If you’re interested, you could check this free report showing consensus revenue forecasts.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. We note that for AXIS Capital Holdings the TSR over the last 5 years was 53%, 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

AXIS Capital Holdings’s TSR for the year was broadly in line with the market average, at 6.8%. We should note here that the five-year TSR is more impressive, at 8.9% per year. More recently, the share price growth has slowed. But it has to be said the overall picture is one of good long term and short term performance. Arguably that makes AXIS Capital Holdings a stock worth watching. You could get a better understanding of AXIS Capital Holdings’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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