We think that it’s fair to say that the possibility of finding fantastic multi-year winners is what motivates many investors. Mistakes are inevitable, but a single top stock pick can cover any losses, and so much more. Take, for example, the Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE:ATV) share price, which skyrocketed 595% over three years. It’s also good to see the share price up 26% over the last quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 11% in 90 days).
Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.
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.
Acorn International became profitable within the last three years. Given the importance of this milestone, it’s not overly surprising that the share price has increased strongly.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We’ve already covered Acorn International’s share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Acorn International’s TSR of 1255% for the 3 years exceeded its share price return, because it has paid dividends.
A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Acorn International shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 160% over one year. That’s better than the annualised return of 43% 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. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how Acorn International scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.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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