Sing Tao News Corporation Limited (HKG:1105) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 18% in the last quarter. But over three years, the returns would have left most investors smiling To wit, the share price did better than an index fund, climbing 13% during that period.
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.
Over the last three years, Sing Tao News failed to grow earnings per share, which fell 63% (annualized).
The strong decline in earnings per share suggests the market isn't using EPS to judge the company. Since the change in EPS doesn't seem to correlate with the change in share price, it's worth taking a look at other metrics.
You can only imagine how long term shareholders feel about the declining revenue trend (slipping at 7.1% per year). The only thing that's clear is there is low correlation between Sing Tao News's share price and its historic fundamental data. Further research may be required!
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
We've already covered Sing Tao News's share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Its history of dividend payouts mean that Sing Tao News's TSR of 51% over the last 3 years is better than the share price return.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Sing Tao News shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 33% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 8.1% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Sing Tao News (1 is significant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
But note: Sing Tao News may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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