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Investors three-year returns in Brigham Minerals (NYSE:MNRL) have grown faster than the company's underlying earnings growth

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Brigham Minerals, Inc. (NYSE:MNRL) shareholders have seen the share price descend 22% over the month. But at least the stock is up over the last three years. In that time, it is up 10%, which isn't bad, but not amazing either.

While the stock has fallen 13% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

View our latest analysis for Brigham Minerals

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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.

During three years of share price growth, Brigham Minerals moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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It is of course excellent to see how Brigham Minerals has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. This free interactive report on Brigham Minerals' balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Brigham Minerals the TSR over the last 3 years was 41%, 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

It's nice to see that Brigham Minerals shareholders have gained 20% (in total) over the last year. That's including the dividend. That gain actually surpasses the 12% TSR it generated (per year) over three years. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for Brigham Minerals (1 can't be ignored) that you should be aware of.

But note: Brigham Minerals 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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