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Diversicare Healthcare Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:DVCR) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 38% in the last quarter. But that cannot eclipse the less-than-impressive returns over the last three years. Truth be told the share price declined 53% in three years and that return, Dear Reader, falls short of what you could have got from passive investing with an index fund.
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 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).
We know that Diversicare Healthcare Services has been profitable in the past. On the other hand, it reported a trailing twelve months loss, suggesting it isn't reliably profitable. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
Revenue is actually up 16% over the three years, so the share price drop doesn't seem to hinge on revenue, either. This analysis is just perfunctory, but it might be worth researching Diversicare Healthcare Services more closely, as sometimes stocks fall unfairly. This could present an opportunity.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Take a more thorough look at Diversicare Healthcare Services's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Dividend Lost
The share price return figures discussed above don't include the value of dividends paid previously, but the total shareholder return (TSR) does. In some ways, TSR is a better measure of how well an investment has performed. Diversicare Healthcare Services's TSR over the last 3 years is -50%; 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
Diversicare Healthcare Services shareholders are down 43% for the year, but the market itself is up 10%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 6.2% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
But note: Diversicare Healthcare Services 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 US exchanges.
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