For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Dillard’s, Inc. (NYSE:DDS), since the last five years saw the share price fall 23%. On top of that, the share price is down 12% in the last week.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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 the five years over which the share price declined, Dillard’s’s earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 2.6% each year. This reduction in EPS is less than the 5.0% annual reduction in the share price. So it seems the market was too confident about the business, in the past. The low P/E ratio of 11.49 further reflects this reticence.
The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 3.5% in the last year, Dillard’s shareholders lost 17% (even including dividends). Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 4.6% 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. 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 Dillard’s by clicking this link.
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