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By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, Public Joint Stock Company Perm Energy Supplying Company (MCX:PMSB) shareholders have seen the share price rise 94% over three years, well in excess of the market return (44%, not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven't been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 37%, including dividends.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.
Perm Energy Supplying was able to grow its EPS at 34% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 25% is actually lower than the EPS growth. So it seems investors have become more cautious about the company, over time. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 6.57.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Dive deeper into Perm Energy Supplying's key metrics by checking this interactive graph of Perm Energy Supplying's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Dividend Lost
The share price return figures discussed above don't include the value of dividends paid previously, but the total shareholder return (TSR) does. In some ways, TSR is a better measure of how well an investment has performed. Perm Energy Supplying's TSR over the last 3 years is 167%; better than its share price return. Although the company had to cut dividends, it has paid cash to shareholders in the past.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Perm Energy Supplying has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 37% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 28% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Is Perm Energy Supplying cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.
Of course Perm Energy Supplying may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on RU exchanges.
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