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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Técnicas Reunidas, S.A. (BME:TRE) share price has gained 21% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 36% in that time, significantly under-performing the market.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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).
Looking back five years, both Técnicas Reunidas's share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 38% per year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 8.6% compound annual share price fall. So investors might expect EPS to bounce back -- or they may have previously foreseen the EPS decline. With a P/E ratio of 118.69, it's fair to say the market sees a brighter future for the business.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Técnicas Reunidas's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Dividend Lost
The value of past dividends are accounted for in the total shareholder return (TSR), but not in the share price return mentioned above. In some ways, TSR is a better measure of how well an investment has performed. Técnicas Reunidas's TSR over the last 5 years is -27%; better than its share price return. Even though the company isn't paying dividends at the moment, it has done in the past.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Técnicas Reunidas shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 8.7% over the last year. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 6.0% per year over five years. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Técnicas Reunidas by clicking this link.
Técnicas Reunidas is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on ES exchanges.
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