Investors Who Bought Safehold Shares A Year Ago Are Now Up 14%

If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). To wit, the Safehold Inc. (NYSE:SAFE) share price is 14% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 2.0% (not including dividends) in the same period. That’s a solid performance by our standards! Safehold hasn’t been listed for long, so it’s still not clear if it is a long term winner.

See our latest analysis for Safehold

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.

Safehold went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year. When a company is just on the edge of profitability it can be well worth considering other metrics in order to more precisely gauge growth (and therefore understand share price movements).

We think that the revenue growth of 107% could have some investors interested. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.

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.

NYSE:SAFE Income Statement, March 5th 2019
NYSE:SAFE Income Statement, March 5th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Safehold will earn in the future (free profit forecasts)

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 incorporates the value of any 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. We note that for Safehold the TSR over the last year was 18%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Safehold shareholders have gained 18% over the last year, including dividends. The more recent returns haven’t been as impressive as the longer term returns, coming in at just 2.5%. Having said that, we doubt shareholders would be concerned. It seems the market is simply waiting on more information, because if the business delivers so will the share price (eventually). 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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