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Despite lower earnings than a year ago, Axiom Properties (ASX:AXI) investors are up 1.3% since then

·3 min read

It's understandable if you feel frustrated when a stock you own sees a lower share price. But sometimes broader market conditions have more of an impact on prices than the actual business performance. So while the Axiom Properties Limited (ASX:AXI) share price is down 41% in the last year, the total return to shareholders (which includes dividends) was 1.3%. And that total return actually beats the market decline of 4.5%. On the bright side, the stock is actually up 7.3% in the last three years. Furthermore, it's down 36% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

Since Axiom Properties has shed AU$6.1m from its value in the past 7 days, let's see if the longer term decline has been driven by the business' economics.

View our latest analysis for Axiom Properties

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

Unhappily, Axiom Properties had to report a 55% decline in EPS over the last year. The share price fall of 41% isn't as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. So despite the weak per-share profits, some investors are probably relieved the situation wasn't more difficult.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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Dive deeper into Axiom Properties' key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Axiom Properties'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. As it happens, Axiom Properties' TSR for the last 1 year was 1.3%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Axiom Properties shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 1.3% over the last year. That's including the dividend. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 24% a year, is even better. Potential buyers might understandably feel they've missed the opportunity, but it's always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. 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. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Axiom Properties that you should be aware of.

But note: Axiom Properties 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 AU exchanges.

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