Did You Manage To Avoid Vornado Realty Trust’s (NYSE:VNO) 28% Share Price Drop?

In order to justify the effort of selecting individual stocks, it’s worth striving to beat the returns from a market index fund. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn’t blame long term Vornado Realty Trust (NYSE:VNO) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 28% over a half decade. The silver lining is that the stock is up 1.7% in about a week.

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To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During five years of share price growth, Vornado Realty Trust moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

The revenue decline of 1.4% isn’t too bad. But if the market expected durable top line growth, then that could explain the share price weakness.

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:VNO Income Statement, March 13th 2019
NYSE:VNO Income Statement, March 13th 2019

We know that Vornado Realty Trust has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Vornado Realty Trust

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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Vornado Realty Trust’s TSR for the last 5 years was 13%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Vornado Realty Trust shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 5.2% over the last year. Of course, that includes the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 2.5% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before forming an opinion on Vornado Realty Trust you might want to consider the cold hard cash it pays as a dividend. This free chart tracks its dividend over time.

Of course Vornado Realty Trust 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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