Shareholders of Wharf Real Estate Investment (HKG:1997) are in the red if they invested three years ago

Many investors define successful investing as consistently outperforming the market average. But it’s almost certain that sometimes you’ll buy stocks that underperform the market’s average returns. Unfortunately, this has been the case for a long time Wharf Real Estate Investment Company Limited (HKG:1997) shareholders as the share price has fallen by 29% over the last three years, well short of the market decline of around 7.9%.

With that in mind, it’s worth considering whether the company’s underlying fundamentals were the engine behind its long-term performance, or whether there are some discrepancies.

Check out our latest analysis for Wharf Real Estate Investment

To quote Buffett, “Ships will sail around the world, but the Flat Earth Society will thrive. There will continue to be large discrepancies between price and value in the market…” An imperfect but simple way to examine how a company’s market perception has changed is to compare the change in earnings per share (EPS) with the Stock compare price movement.

Wharf Real Estate Investment has become profitable within the last five years. That would generally be viewed as a positive, so we are surprised that the share price has fallen. So, with the stock price down, it’s worth checking a few other metrics as well.

With earnings flat for three years, the stock price seems unlikely to reflect sales. There doesn’t seem to be a clear correlation between fundamental business metrics and the stock price. That could mean the stock was previously overvalued, or it could present an opportunity now.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have evolved over time (click on the image to find out the exact values).

SEHK: Profit and Sales Growth 1997, June 13, 2022

Wharf Real Estate Investment is a well-known stock with ample analyst coverage, suggesting some insight into future growth. We therefore recommend checking this out free Report with consensus forecasts

What about dividends?

It’s important to consider total shareholder returns as well as stock price returns for a particular stock. While stock price return only reflects the change in stock price, TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they have been reinvested) and the benefit of a discounted capital raise or spin-off. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, TSR is often much higher than the stock price return. We find that the TSR for Wharf Real Estate Investment over the last 3 years was -19%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company thus have the total shareholder return.

A different perspective

While it’s never nice to take a loss, Wharf Real Estate Investment shareholders can rest assured that its trailing 16% 12-month loss, including dividends, wasn’t as bad as the market’s roughly -20% loss. The loss over the past year is steeper than the 6% loss per year over three years. It should worry shareholders if the pace of losses accelerates, and alerts us to the possibility that the underlying business isn’t doing well. I find it very interesting to look at the share price as an indicator of business development over the long term. But to really gain insight, we need to consider other information as well. For example, we have identified 2 Warning Signs for Wharf Real Estate Investment that you should be aware of.

sure, You might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So check this out free List of companies we expect to grow profits.

Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market-weighted average returns of stocks currently traded on Hong Kong stock exchanges.

This Simply Wall St article is of a general nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended as financial advice. It is not a recommendation to buy or sell any stock and does not take into account your goals or financial situation. Our goal is to offer you long-term focused analysis based on fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not take into account the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

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