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Some Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) Shareholders Are Down 19%

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For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But if you try your hand at stock picking, your risk returning less than the market. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE:DOC) shareholders, since the share price is down 19% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 44%. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 1.2%.

See our latest analysis for Physicians Realty Trust

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.

Although the share price is down over three years, Physicians Realty Trust actually managed to grow EPS by 17% per year in that time. This is quite a puzzle, and suggests there might be something temporarily buoying the share price. Or else the company was over-hyped in the past, and so its growth has disappointed. It's worth taking a look at other metrics, because the EPS growth doesn't seem to match with the falling share price.

We note that the dividend seems healthy enough, so that probably doesn't explain the share price drop. It's good to see that Physicians Realty Trust has increased its revenue over the last three years. If the company can keep growing revenue, there may be an opportunity for investors. You might have to dig deeper to understand the recent share price weakness.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NYSE:DOC Income Statement, August 2nd 2019

We know that Physicians Realty Trust has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Physicians Realty Trust will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. As it happens, Physicians Realty Trust's TSR for the last 3 years was -5.9%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Physicians Realty Trust shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 7.9% over the last year. That's including the dividend. However, that falls short of the 9.0% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. Importantly, we haven't analysed Physicians Realty Trust's dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you're thinking of buying.

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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 US exchanges.

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