India Power Corporation Limited (NSE:DPSCLTD) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 46% in the last month. But over the last three years we've seen a quite serious decline. In that time, the share price dropped 60%. So it is really good to see an improvement. While many would remain nervous, there could be further gains if the business can put its best foot forward.
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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.
India Power saw its EPS decline at a compound rate of 7.7% per year, over the last three years. This reduction in EPS is slower than the 26% annual reduction in the share price. So it's likely that the EPS decline has disappointed the market, leaving investors hesitant to buy.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on India Power's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 13% in the twelve months, India Power shareholders did even worse, losing 19% (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. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 7.9% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how India Power scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
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