The nature of investing is that you win some, and you lose some. And there's no doubt that Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. (TSE:PL) stock has had a really bad year. The share price has slid 59% in that time. Because Pinnacle Renewable Energy hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. Even worse, it's down 41% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
During the last year Pinnacle Renewable Energy grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.
When a company has just transitioned to profitability, earnings per share growth is not always the best way to look at the share price action. So it makes sense to check out some other factors.
We don't see any weakness in the Pinnacle Renewable Energy's dividend so the steady payout can't really explain the share price drop. The revenue trend doesn't seem to explain why the share price is down. Unless, of course, the market was expecting a revenue uptick.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that Pinnacle Renewable Energy has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Pinnacle Renewable Energy in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. In the case of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, it has a TSR of -57% for the last year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 5.2% in the last year, Pinnacle Renewable Energy shareholders might be miffed that they lost 57% (even including dividends) . However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 37% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Before spending more time on Pinnacle Renewable Energy it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.
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