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Those Who Purchased Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) Shares Three Years Ago Have A 31% Loss To Show For It

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As an investor its worth striving to ensure your overall portfolio beats the market average. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Urban Edge Properties (NYSE:UE) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 31% in three years, versus a market return of about 48%. Even worse, it's down 8.2% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.

See our latest analysis for Urban Edge Properties

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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.

During the unfortunate three years of share price decline, Urban Edge Properties actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 2.9% per year. This is quite a puzzle, and suggests there might be something temporarily buoying the share price. Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.

It looks to us like the market was probably too optimistic around growth three years ago. Looking to other metrics might better explain the share price change.

Given the healthiness of the dividend payments, we doubt that they've concerned the market. It's good to see that Urban Edge Properties has increased its revenue over the last three years. But it's not clear to us why the share price is down. It might be worth diving deeper into the fundamentals, lest an opportunity goes begging.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NYSE:UE Income Statement, December 17th 2019
NYSE:UE Income Statement, December 17th 2019

We know that Urban Edge Properties has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? If you are thinking of buying or selling Urban Edge Properties stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Urban Edge Properties's TSR for the last 3 years was -22%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Urban Edge Properties produced a TSR of 12% over the last year. While you don't go broke making a profit, this return was actually lower than the average market return of about 28%. On the bright side, that's certainly better than the yearly loss of about 7.8% endured over the last three years, implying that the company is doing better recently. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. Keeping this in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at Urban Edge Properties's dividend track record. This free interactive graph is a great place to start.

We will like Urban Edge Properties better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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