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Such Is Life: How Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE:RHP) Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 60%

Simply Wall St

Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. Unfortunately, shareholders of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) have suffered share price declines over the last year. The share price is down a hefty 60% in that time. Notably, shareholders had a tough run over the longer term, too, with a drop of 46% in the last three years. It's down 60% in about a quarter.

View our latest analysis for Ryman Hospitality Properties

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.

Unhappily, Ryman Hospitality Properties had to report a 45% decline in EPS over the last year. The share price decline of 60% is actually more than the EPS drop. Unsurprisingly, given the lack of EPS growth, the market seems to be more cautious about the stock. The P/E ratio of 11.84 also points to the negative market sentiment.

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

NYSE:RHP Past and Future Earnings April 8th 2020

It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Ryman Hospitality Properties's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Ryman Hospitality Properties the TSR over the last year was -57%, 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

While the broader market lost about 8.1% in the twelve months, Ryman Hospitality Properties shareholders did even worse, losing 57% (even including dividends) . However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 6.1% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Ryman Hospitality Properties better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Ryman Hospitality Properties (of which 1 can't be ignored!) you should know about.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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