Investing in stocks inevitably means buying into some companies that perform poorly. But long term First Shanghai Investments Limited (HKG:227) shareholders have had a particularly rough ride in the last three year. Sadly for them, the share price is down 59% in that time. The more recent news is of little comfort, with the share price down 37% in a year. Furthermore, it's down 25% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.
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While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. 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.
First Shanghai Investments saw its EPS decline at a compound rate of 37% per year, over the last three years. This fall in the EPS is worse than the 26% compound annual share price fall. This suggests that the market retains some optimism around long term earnings stability, despite past EPS declines.
The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 14% in the twelve months, First Shanghai Investments shareholders did even worse, losing 37%. 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 10% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Before deciding if you like the current share price, check how First Shanghai Investments scores on these 3 valuation metrics.
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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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