Total return for cBrain investors (CPH: CBRAIN) has grown faster than earnings growth over the past three years
Some cBrain A / S (CPH: CBRAIN) Shareholders are probably rather worried that the stock price has fallen 42% in the past three months. But that does not replace its brilliant performance over three years. In fact, the stock price took off during this time, up 907%. So you could argue that the recent drop in the stock price is not noticeable in light of longer term performance. The thing to consider is whether there is still too much excitement surrounding the prospects for the company. Anyone who has stood for this rewarding race would probably want to talk about it.
While the past week has hurt the company’s three-year performance, let’s take a look at recent trends in underlying activity and see if the gains have aligned.
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In his essay Graham-and-Doddsville super-investors Warren Buffett described how stock prices don’t always rationally reflect a company’s value. An imperfect but simple way to examine how a company’s market perception has changed is to compare the evolution of earnings per share (EPS) with the movement of the share price.
Over three years of share price growth, cBrain has achieved compound earnings per share growth of 194% per year. The average annual increase in the share price of 116% is actually lower than the growth in EPS. Therefore, it appears that the market has moderated its growth expectations somewhat. Of course, with a P / E ratio of 274.00, the market remains bullish.
The graph below illustrates the evolution of EPS over time (reveal the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know cBrain has improved its results over the past three years, but what does the future hold? You can see how his track record has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphics.
What about dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. The TSR incorporates the value of any discounted demerger or capital increase, as well as any dividend, on the basis of the assumption that dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more complete picture of the return generated by a stock. As it turns out, cBrain’s TSR over the past 3 years was 912%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely the result of his dividend payments!
A different perspective
We are pleased to report that cBrain shareholders received a total shareholder return of 46% over one year. And that includes the dividend. This gain is better than the annual TSR over five years which is 39%. Therefore, it seems that sentiment around the company has been positive lately. At the best of times, this can portend real business momentum, meaning that now may be a good time to dig deep. I find it very interesting to look at the stock price over the long term as an indicator of company performance. But to really understand better, we have to take other information into account as well. Even so, know that cBrain shows 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you must know…
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market-weighted average returns of stocks currently trading on the DK stock exchanges.
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