We believe investing is smart because history shows that stock markets go higher in the long term. But not every stock you buy will perform as well as the overall market. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding Limited (HKG:1809) share price is up 16% in the last year, that falls short of the market return. Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding hasn’t been listed for long, so it’s still not clear if it is a long term winner.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just 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 the last twelve months, Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding actually shrank its EPS by 7.5%.
Given the share price gain, we doubt the market is measuring progress with EPS. Indeed, when EPS is declining but the share price is up, it often means the market is considering other factors.
Revenue was pretty flat year on year, but maybe a closer look at the data can explain the market optimism.
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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What About Dividends?
As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding the TSR over the last year was 19%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding shareholders have gained 19% for the year (even including dividends). The bad news is that’s no better than the average market return, which was roughly 36%. The last three months haven’t been great for shareholder returns, since the share price has trailed the market by 6.6% in the last three months. It might be that investors are more concerned about the business lately due to some fundamental change (or else the share price simply got ahead of itself, previously). I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs for Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding (1 can’t be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
We will like Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holding better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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