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Community Healthcare Trust (NYSE:CHCT) Shareholders Have Enjoyed A 99% Share Price Gain

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By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But many of us dare to dream of bigger returns, and build a portfolio ourselves. For example, the Community Healthcare Trust Incorporated (NYSE:CHCT) share price is up 99% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 39% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 51% in the last year, including dividends.

View our latest analysis for Community Healthcare Trust

While Community Healthcare Trust made a small profit, in the last year, we think that the market is probably more focussed on the top line growth at the moment. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.

Community Healthcare Trust's revenue trended up 42% each year over three years. That's well above most pre-profit companies. While the compound gain of 26% per year over three years is pretty good, you might argue it doesn't fully reflect the strong revenue growth. If that's the case, now might be the time to take a close look at Community Healthcare Trust. If the company is trending towards profitability then it could be very interesting.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NYSE:CHCT Income Statement, April 12th 2019

We know that Community Healthcare Trust has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Community Healthcare Trust's TSR for the last 3 years was 140%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Community Healthcare Trust rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 51% over the last year. And yes, that does include the dividend. That gain actually surpasses the 34% TSR it generated (per year) over three years. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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