If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) share price is up 32% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around 8.0% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. Zooming out, the stock is actually down 11% in the last three years.
Given that Seritage Growth Properties 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. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. 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.
In the last year Seritage Growth Properties saw its revenue shrink by 12%. The stock is up 32% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. To us that means that there isn’t a lot of correlation between the past revenue performance and the share price, but a closer look at analyst forecasts and the bottom line may well explain a lot.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
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. If you are thinking of buying or selling Seritage Growth Properties stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit 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. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Seritage Growth Properties’s TSR for the last year was 35%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Seritage Growth Properties rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 35% over the last year. That includes the value of the dividend. What is absolutely clear is that is far preferable to the dismal 1.3% average annual loss suffered over the last three years. It could well be that the business has turned around — or else regained the confidence of 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 Seritage Growth Properties by clicking this link.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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