Earnings growth of 3.6% over 5 years hasn't been enough to translate into positive returns for Children's Place (NASDAQ:PLCE) shareholders

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 19, 2022
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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers So we wouldn't blame long term The Children's Place, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCE) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 29% over a half decade. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 15% in the last 90 days.

If the past week is anything to go by, investor sentiment for Children's Place isn't positive, so let's see if there's a mismatch between fundamentals and the share price.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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).

Children's Place became profitable within the last five years. 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 1.6% isn't too bad. But if the market expected durable top line growth, then that could explain the share price weakness.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NasdaqGS:PLCE Earnings and Revenue Growth January 19th 2022

We know that Children's Place has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? Take a more thorough look at Children's Place's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

Investors should note that there's a difference between Children's Place's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. 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 and spin-offs. Children's Place's TSR of was a loss of 25% for the 5 years. That wasn't as bad as its share price return, because it has paid dividends.

A Different Perspective

Children's Place shareholders have received returns of 12% over twelve months, which isn't far from the general market return. To take a positive view, the gain is pleasing, and it sure beats annualized TSR loss of 5%, which was endured over half a decade. We're pretty skeptical of turnaround stories, but it's good to see the recent share price recovery. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Children's Place better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Children's Place (1 is potentially serious!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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