Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But unfortunately, some companies simply don't succeed. For example, after five long years the SITE Centers Corp. (NYSE:SITC) share price is a whole 79% lower. That's an unpleasant experience for long term holders. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 37%. Furthermore, it's down 39% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 16% in the same period.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During the unfortunate half decade during which the share price slipped, SITE Centers actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 211% per year. So it doesn't seem like EPS is a great guide to understanding how the market is valuing the stock. Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
Because of the sharp contrast between the EPS growth rate and the share price growth, we're inclined to look to other metrics to understand the changing market sentiment around the stock.
We note that the dividend has fallen in the last five years, so that may have contributed to the share price decline. The revenue decline of about 12% per year might also encourage sellers.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
This free interactive report on SITE Centers's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
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 spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of SITE Centers, it has a TSR of -65% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that SITE Centers shareholders are down 33% for the year (even including dividends) . Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 4.6%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 19% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for SITE Centers you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit concerning.
But note: SITE Centers may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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