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If You Had Bought Nam Tai Property (NYSE:NTP) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 73% Gain Today

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The main point of investing for the long term is to make money. But more than that, you probably want to see it rise more than the market average. But Nam Tai Property Inc. (NYSE:NTP) has fallen short of that second goal, with a share price rise of 73% over five years, which is below the market return. Looking at the last year alone, the stock is up 14%.

See our latest analysis for Nam Tai Property

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 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 the last half decade, Nam Tai Property became profitable. That's generally thought to be a genuine positive, so we would expect to see an increasing share price. Given that the company made a profit three years ago, but not five years ago, it is worth looking at the share price returns over the last three years, too. We can see that the Nam Tai Property share price is down 28% in the last three years. Meanwhile, EPS is up 54% per year. It would appear there's a real mismatch between the increasing EPS and the share price, which has declined -10% a year for three years.

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

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earnings-per-share-growth

Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Nam Tai Property's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Its history of dividend payouts mean that Nam Tai Property's TSR of 85% over the last 5 years is better than the share price return.

A Different Perspective

Nam Tai Property provided a TSR of 14% over the last twelve months. But that was short of the market average. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it's actually better than the average return of 13% over half a decade It is possible that returns will improve along with the business fundamentals. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Take risks, for example - Nam Tai Property has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is significant) we think you should know about.

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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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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