The main point of investing for the long term is to make money. But more than that, you probably want to see it rise more than the market average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Gordon Auto Body Parts Co., Ltd. (TPE:1524) share price is up 47% in the last five years, that’s less than the market return. Meanwhile, the last twelve months saw the share price rise 1.6%.
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.
During the last half decade, Gordon Auto Body Parts became profitable. That’s generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into Gordon Auto Body Parts’ key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Gordon Auto Body Parts’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Gordon Auto Body Parts the TSR over the last 5 years was 93%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Gordon Auto Body Parts shareholders gained a total return of 16% during the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 14% per year over five year. This could indicate that the company is winning over new investors, as it pursues its strategy. 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. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for Gordon Auto Body Parts (of which 1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) you should know about.
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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 TW exchanges.
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