Investors Who Bought DSW (NYSE:DSW) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 31%

The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers So we wouldn’t blame long term DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 31% over a half decade. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 3.9%.

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

During the five years over which the share price declined, DSW’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 23% each year. The share price decline of 7.2% per year isn’t as bad as the EPS decline. So investors might expect EPS to bounce back — or they may have previously foreseen the EPS decline. The high P/E ratio of 54.94 suggests that shareholders believe earnings will grow in the years ahead.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NYSE:DSW Past and Future Earnings, March 18th 2019
NYSE:DSW Past and Future Earnings, March 18th 2019

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on DSW’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of DSW, it has a TSR of -19% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that DSW shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 22% over the last year. And that does include the dividend. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 4.1% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

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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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