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Easy Come, Easy Go: How China HGS Real Estate (NASDAQ:HGSH) Shareholders Got Unlucky And Saw 81% Of Their Cash Evaporate

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Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn't mean you should hold every stock forever. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Anyone who held China HGS Real Estate Inc. (NASDAQ:HGSH) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 81% in that time. Unhappily, the share price slid 1.9% in the last week.

While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn't as important as health and happiness.

See our latest analysis for China HGS Real Estate

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. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Looking back five years, both China HGS Real Estate's share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 24% per year. This change in EPS is reasonably close to the 28% average annual decrease in the share price. This suggests that market participants have not changed their view of the company all that much. So it's fair to say the share price has been responding to changes in EPS.

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

NasdaqCM:HGSH Past and Future Earnings, April 4th 2019

We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on China HGS Real Estate's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

China HGS Real Estate shareholders are down 17% 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, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 28% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. Is China HGS Real Estate cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

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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 US exchanges.

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