Did You Miss Safehold’s (NYSE:SAFE) 48% Share Price Gain?

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These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. To wit, the Safehold Inc. (NYSE:SAFE) share price is 48% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 3.8% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! We’ll need to follow Safehold for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn’t been listed for particularly long.

Check out our latest analysis for Safehold

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Safehold boasted truly magnificent EPS growth in the last year. While that particular rate of growth is unlikely to be sustained for long, it is still remarkable. So we’re unsurprised to see the share price gaining ground. We’re real advocates of letting inflection points like this guide our research as stock pickers.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:SAFE Past and Future Earnings, June 22nd 2019
NYSE:SAFE Past and Future Earnings, June 22nd 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. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

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 incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Safehold, it has a TSR of 53% for the last year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Safehold shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 53% over the last twelve months, including dividends. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 42% in the last three months. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Safehold by clicking this link.

Safehold is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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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