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In order to justify the effort of selecting individual stocks, it's worth striving to beat the returns from a market index fund. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term Bergman & Beving AB (STO:BERG B) shareholders, since the share price is down 40% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 38%. It's up 3.3% in the last seven days.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect 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.
During the three years that the share price fell, Bergman & Beving's earnings per share (EPS) dropped by 21% each year. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 16% compound annual share price fall. So the market may not be too worried about the EPS figure, at the moment -- or it may have previously priced some of the drop in.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that Bergman & Beving has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think Bergman & Beving will grow revenue in the future.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of Bergman & Beving, it has a TSR of -0.3% for the last 3 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.
A Different Perspective
Bergman & Beving provided a TSR of 9.1% over the last twelve months. But that was short of the market average. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 1.4% per year over five year. This suggests the company might be improving over time. If you would like to research Bergman & Beving in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
But note: Bergman & Beving 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 SE exchanges.
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