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Imagine Owning Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH) While The Price Tanked 66%

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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Senior Housing Properties Trust (NASDAQ:SNH), since the last five years saw the share price fall 66%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 55% over the last twelve months. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 35% in the last 90 days.

View our latest analysis for Senior Housing Properties Trust

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.

Looking back five years, both Senior Housing Properties Trust's share price and EPS declined; the latter at a rate of 19% per year. In this case, the EPS change is really very close to the share price drop of 20% a year. This implies that the market has had a fairly steady view of the stock. So it's fair to say the share price has been responding to changes in EPS.

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

NasdaqGS:SNH Past and Future Earnings, June 11th 2019

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Senior Housing Properties Trust's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the 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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Senior Housing Properties Trust the TSR over the last 5 years was -48%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Investors in Senior Housing Properties Trust had a tough year, with a total loss of 51% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 2.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 12% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Senior Housing Properties Trust's dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.

But note: Senior Housing Properties Trust 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 US exchanges.

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