The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market - but in the process, they risk under-performance. Unfortunately the Vertoz Advertising Limited (NSE:VERTOZ) share price slid 18% over twelve months. That's well bellow the market return of -8.7%. Because Vertoz Advertising hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 13% in the last three months. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 8.4% in the same period.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.
Unhappily, Vertoz Advertising had to report a 12% decline in EPS over the last year. This reduction in EPS is not as bad as the 18% share price fall. So it seems the market was too confident about the business, a year ago.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
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A Different Perspective
We doubt Vertoz Advertising shareholders are happy with the loss of 18% over twelve months (even including dividends). That falls short of the market, which lost 8.7%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 13% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Before forming an opinion on Vertoz Advertising you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.
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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 IN exchanges.
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