The main goal of stock picking is to find stocks that are beating the market. But every investor is virtually certain to have both outperforming and underperforming stocks. At this point, some shareholders may question their investment in Jupiter Fund Management Plc (LON: JUP), since the past five years have seen the share price drop 41%. In contrast, the share price has climbed 9.6% over the past thirty days.
So let’s see if the long term performance of the business has been in line with the progress of the underlying business.
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In his essay Graham-and-Doddsville super-investors Warren Buffett described how stock prices don’t always rationally reflect a company’s value. One way to look at how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s stock price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Looking back five years, Jupiter Fund Management‘s share price and EPS fell; the latter at the rate of 5.2% per year. This drop in EPS is less than the 10% annual drop in the share price. This implies that the market was previously overly bullish about the stock. The low P / E ratio of 11.49 still reflects this reluctance.
You can see how the EPS has evolved over time below (check out the exact values by clicking on the image).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the past year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide for the business. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a careful review of historical growth trends, available here.
What about dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. While the share price return reflects only the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they have been reinvested) and the benefit of any capital increase or spin-off. updated. So, for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often much higher than the return on the share price. We note that for Jupiter Fund Management the TSR over the past 5 years was -15%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. This is largely the result of his dividend payments!
A different perspective
While the broader market gained around 16% last year, Jupiter Fund Management shareholders lost 2.6% (including dividends). However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer-term shareholders suffer more, given the 3% loss distributed over the past five years. We would like clear information suggesting that the company will grow, before assuming that the stock price will stabilize. I find it very interesting to look at the stock price over the long term as an indicator of company performance. But to really understand better, we have to take other information into account as well. For example, we have identified 2 warning signs for Jupiter Fund Management that you need to be aware of.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market-weighted average returns of stocks currently trading on UK stock exchanges.
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