If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But if you pick the right individual titles, you can do more than that. For example the Peet Limited The share price (ASX: PPC) rose 68% in the past year and clearly outperformed the market return of around 42% (excluding dividends). If it can sustain that outperformance over the long term, investors will do very well! When you zoom out, the stock has even fallen 12% over the past three years.
Check out our latest analysis for Peet
There’s no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices don’t always reflect underlying business performance. A flawed but reasonable way to gauge how sentiment has changed in a company is to compare earnings per share (EPS) to the share price.
Last year, Peet’s earnings per share (EPS) fell below zero. While this may prove temporary, we would view it as negative so we didn’t expect the stock price to rise. We could get a clue to explain the performance of the stock price by looking at other metrics.
We doubt the modest dividend yield of 1.2% does much to support the stock price. Peet’s sales even fell by 14% compared to the previous year. The fundamental metrics do not provide an obvious explanation for the price gain.
The image below shows how revenue and earnings have tracked over time (click on the image to see more details).
Profit and sales growth
These free An interactive report on Peet’s balance sheet is a good place to start if you want to research the stock further.
What about dividends?
In addition to measuring stock price return, investors should also consider total shareholder return (TSR). While the stock price return only reflects the change in the stock price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (if reinvested) and the benefit of discounted capital raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of stocks that pay a dividend. Coincidentally, Peet’s TSR was 72% last year, which is higher than the previously mentioned share price return. The dividends paid by the company have thus increased the total return for shareholders.
The story goes on
It’s good to see that Peet has rewarded shareholders with a total return of 72% over the past twelve months. That includes the dividend. That’s better than the 10% annualized return over half a decade, which means the company has been doing better lately. At best, this could indicate some real business momentum, which means now could be a good time to go deeper. It is always interesting to follow the share price development over the longer term. But to better understand Peet we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: we have discovered 2 warning signs for Peet You should be aware of this.
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Please note that the market returns reported in this article reflect the market weighted average returns on stocks currently traded on AU exchanges.
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