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Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And while active stock picking involves risks (and requires diversification) it can also provide excess returns. To wit, the Marshalls share price has climbed 91% in five years, easily topping the market decline of 5.1% (ignoring dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven't been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 2.1% , including dividends .
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 flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During five years of share price growth, Marshalls achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 24% per year. This EPS growth is higher than the 14% average annual increase in the share price. So it seems the market isn't so enthusiastic about the stock these days.
You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Marshalls has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Marshalls will grow revenue in the future.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We've already covered Marshalls' share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). 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. Marshalls' TSR of 116% for the 5 years exceeded its share price return, because it has paid dividends.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Marshalls has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 2.1% in the last twelve months. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 17% per year, is even more impressive. Potential buyers might understandably feel they've missed the opportunity, but it's always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Marshalls better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Marshalls .
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.
This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.
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