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If You Had Bought Müller - Die lila Logistik (ETR:MLL) Shares Five Years Ago You'd Have Made 60%

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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 the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, long term Müller - Die lila Logistik AG (ETR:MLL) shareholders have enjoyed a 60% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 7.0% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 59% in the last year , including dividends .

Check out our latest analysis for Müller - Die lila Logistik

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During five years of share price growth, Müller - Die lila Logistik achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 5.5% per year. This EPS growth is slower than the share price growth of 9.9% per year, over the same period. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did five years ago. That's not necessarily surprising considering the five-year track record of earnings growth.

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

XTRA:MLL Past and Future Earnings, January 28th 2020

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Müller - Die lila Logistik's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. As it happens, Müller - Die lila Logistik's TSR for the last 5 years was 100%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Müller - Die lila Logistik has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 59% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 15% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Müller - Die lila Logistik better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 4 warning signs with Müller - Die lila Logistik (at least 1 which is a bit unpleasant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

But note: Müller - Die lila Logistik 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 DE exchanges.

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