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Investors Who Bought Macatawa Bank (NASDAQ:MCBC) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Up 92%

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Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And while active stock picking involves risks (and requires diversification) it can also provide excess returns. To wit, the Macatawa Bank share price has climbed 92% in five years, easily topping the market return of 51% (ignoring dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven't been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 9.0% , including dividends .

Check out our latest analysis for Macatawa Bank

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).

Over half a decade, Macatawa Bank managed to grow its earnings per share at 25% a year. This EPS growth is higher than the 14% average annual increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market has become relatively pessimistic about the company. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 11.24.

The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGS:MCBC Past and Future Earnings, February 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:MCBC Past and Future Earnings, February 3rd 2020

It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Macatawa Bank'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 incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. We note that for Macatawa Bank the TSR over the last 5 years was 114%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

Macatawa Bank shareholders gained a total return of 9.0% during the year. But that was short of the market average. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 16% a year, over half a decade) look better. It may well be that this is a business worth popping on the watching, given the continuing positive reception, over time, from the market. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that Macatawa Bank is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those can't be ignored...

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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 US exchanges.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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