U.S. markets close in 5 hours 40 minutes
  • S&P 500

    3,684.67
    +29.63 (+0.81%)
     
  • Dow 30

    29,430.94
    +170.13 (+0.58%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    10,938.83
    +135.91 (+1.26%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,675.30
    +19.41 (+1.17%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    78.51
    +1.80 (+2.35%)
     
  • Gold

    1,641.20
    +7.80 (+0.48%)
     
  • Silver

    18.62
    +0.14 (+0.76%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    0.9614
    +0.0003 (+0.03%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    3.9510
    +0.0730 (+1.88%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.0767
    +0.0083 (+0.78%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    144.7510
    +0.0710 (+0.05%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    20,153.30
    +952.17 (+4.96%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    460.77
    +1.63 (+0.35%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,012.59
    -8.36 (-0.12%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    26,571.87
    +140.32 (+0.53%)
     

Investing in Amcil (ASX:AMH) three years ago would have delivered you a 62% gain

·3 min read

One simple way to benefit from the stock market is to buy an index fund. But many of us dare to dream of bigger returns, and build a portfolio ourselves. For example, the Amcil Limited (ASX:AMH) share price is up 46% in the last three years, clearly besting the market return of around 23% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 21% in the last year , including dividends .

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

Check out our latest analysis for Amcil

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 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 three years of share price growth, Amcil achieved compound earnings per share growth of 0.3% per year. In comparison, the 13% per year gain in the share price outpaces the EPS growth. So it's fair to assume the market has a higher opinion of the business than it did three years ago. That's not necessarily surprising considering the three-year track record of earnings growth.

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

earnings-per-share-growth
earnings-per-share-growth

This free interactive report on Amcil's earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

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 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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Amcil's TSR for the last 3 years was 62%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Amcil shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 21% over one year. And that does include the dividend. That's better than the annualised return of 12% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Before forming an opinion on Amcil you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.

We will like Amcil 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 AU exchanges.

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.