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If You Had Bought Kilroy Realty (NYSE:KRC) Shares Five Years Ago You'd Have Made 30%

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The main point of investing for the long term is to make money. Furthermore, you'd generally like to see the share price rise faster than the market Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE:KRC) share price is up 30% in the last five years, that's less than the market return. Over the last twelve months the stock price has risen a very respectable 9.9%.

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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

During the five years of share price growth, Kilroy Realty moved from a loss to profitability. That's generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price. Since the company was unprofitable five years ago, but not three years ago, it's worth taking a look at the returns in the last three years, too. Indeed, the Kilroy Realty share price has gained 21% in three years. During the same period, EPS grew by 1.7% each year. Notably, the EPS growth has been slower than the annualised share price gain of 6.7% over three years. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:KRC Past and Future Earnings, April 12th 2019

We know that Kilroy Realty has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Kilroy Realty will grow revenue in the future.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Kilroy Realty the TSR over the last 5 years was 50%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Kilroy Realty shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 13% over one year. And that does include the dividend. That's better than the annualised return of 8.4% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. If you would like to research Kilroy Realty in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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