By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. For example, the Pangaea Logistics Solutions, Ltd. (NASDAQ:PANL) share price is up 46% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 36% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 11%.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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).
During three years of share price growth, Pangaea Logistics Solutions moved from a loss to profitability. So we would expect a higher share price over the period.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It is of course excellent to see how Pangaea Logistics Solutions has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, Pangaea Logistics Solutions’s total shareholder return last year was 11%. But the three year TSR of 13% per year is even better. Is Pangaea Logistics Solutions cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
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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