While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the The Karur Vysya Bank Limited (NSE:KARURVYSYA) share price has gained 13% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. In fact the stock is down 17% in the last year, well below the market return.
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To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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.
Unfortunately Karur Vysya Bank reported an EPS drop of 42% for the last year. The share price fall of 17% isn't as bad as the reduction in earnings per share. So the market may not be too worried about the EPS figure, at the moment -- or it may have expected earnings to drop faster.
The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Karur Vysya Bank's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We've already covered Karur Vysya Bank's share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). 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 Karur Vysya Bank's TSR, which was a 17% drop over the last year, was not as bad as the share price return.
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that Karur Vysya Bank shareholders are down 17% for the year (even including dividends). Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 1.9%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 1.2% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on Karur Vysya Bank it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
We will like Karur Vysya Bank 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 IN exchanges.
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