Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But along the way some stocks are going to perform badly. To wit, the Anchun International Holdings Ltd. (SGX:BTX) share price managed to fall 67% over five long years. That's not a lot of fun for true believers. Furthermore, it's down 14% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. Of course, this share price action may well have been influenced by the 22% decline in the broader market, throughout the period.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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).
Anchun International Holdings became profitable within the last five years. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it's counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
The steady dividend doesn't really explain why the share price is down. While it's not completely obvious why the share price is down, a closer look at the company's history might help explain it.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Take a more thorough look at Anchun International Holdings's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Anchun International Holdings shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 10% over the last year. Of course, that includes the dividend. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 20% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Anchun International Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example - Anchun International Holdings has 4 warning signs (and 3 which don't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.
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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 SG exchanges.
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