For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Chanjet Information Technology Company Limited (HKG:1588), since the last five years saw the share price fall 44%. The good news is that the stock is up 4.7% in the last week.
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 way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During five years of share price growth, Chanjet Information Technology moved from a loss to profitability. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it's counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
We note that the dividend has remained healthy, so that wouldn't really explain the share price drop. It's not immediately clear to us why the stock price is down but further research might provide some answers.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It is of course excellent to see how Chanjet Information Technology has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Chanjet Information Technology the TSR over the last 5 years was -40%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!
A Different Perspective
Chanjet Information Technology shareholders are up 2.3% for the year (even including dividends) . But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 9.6% endured over half a decade. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. Importantly, we haven't analysed Chanjet Information Technology's dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you're thinking of buying.
We will like Chanjet Information Technology better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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