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Investors in Jerash Holdings (US) (NASDAQ:JRSH) have made a return of 14% over the past year

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There's no doubt that investing in the stock market is a truly brilliant way to build wealth. But if you choose that path, you're going to buy some stocks that fall short of the market. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Jerash Holdings (US), Inc. (NASDAQ:JRSH) share price is up 11% in the last year, that falls short of the market return. However, the stock hasn't done so well in the longer term, with the stock only up 5.2% in three years.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

Check out our latest analysis for Jerash Holdings (US)

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

Jerash Holdings (US) was able to grow EPS by 52% in the last twelve months. It's fair to say that the share price gain of 11% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. Therefore, it seems the market isn't as excited about Jerash Holdings (US) as it was before. This could be an opportunity. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 11.16.

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

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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 Jerash Holdings (US)'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). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Jerash Holdings (US)'s TSR for the last 1 year was 14%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Over the last year Jerash Holdings (US) shareholders have received a TSR of 14%. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return of around 21%. On the bright side that gain is actually better than the average return of 5% over the last three years, implying that the company is doing better recently. If the share price is up as a result of improved business performance, then this kind of improvement may be sustained. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Jerash Holdings (US) better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 5 warning signs for Jerash Holdings (US) you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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