The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term CoreSite Realty Corporation (NYSE:COR) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 168% in five years. We note the stock price is up 2.5% in the last seven days.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During five years of share price growth, CoreSite Realty achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 28% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 22% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn’t so enthusiastic about the stock these days. Having said that, the market is still optimistic, given the P/E ratio of 54.46.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on CoreSite Realty’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, CoreSite Realty’s TSR for the last 5 years was 222%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
CoreSite Realty’s TSR for the year was broadly in line with the market average, at 28%. That gain looks pretty satisfying, and it is even better than the five-year TSR of 26% per year. It is possible that management foresight will bring growth well into the future, even if the share price slows down. 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. Be aware that CoreSite Realty is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about…
Of course CoreSite Realty may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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