If You Had Bought Universal Health Realty Income Trust (NYSE:UHT) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 77% Gain Today

Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. To wit, the Universal Health Realty Income Trust share price has climbed 77% in five years, easily topping the market return of 41% (ignoring dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven’t been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 27%, including dividends.

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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.

Over half a decade, Universal Health Realty Income Trust managed to grow its earnings per share at 11% a year. So the EPS growth rate is rather close to the annualized share price gain of 12% per year. This indicates that investor sentiment towards the company has not changed a great deal. Rather, the share price has approximately tracked EPS growth.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:UHT Past and Future Earnings, March 15th 2019
NYSE:UHT Past and Future Earnings, March 15th 2019

It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free interactive report on Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s TSR for the last 5 years was 119%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Universal Health Realty Income Trust has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 27% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. That’s better than the annualised return of 17% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Universal Health Realty Income Trust’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.

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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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