It may sound bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (unleveraged) is that its market price drops to zero. But on the other hand you can earn a lot After greater than 100% if the business is doing well. For example the Westlife Development Limited (NSE: WESTLIFE) the stock price is 130% higher than it was three years ago. How good for those who held the stock! It’s also good to see the stock price up 43% in the last quarter.
Last week proved to be lucrative for Westlife Development investors, so let’s see if fundamentals have driven the company’s three-year performance.
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In his test The Graham-and-Doddsville super-investors Warren Buffett has 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).
In three years of share price growth, Westlife Development went from loss to profitability. Given the significance of this milestone, it’s not too surprising that the stock price rose sharply.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the graph to see the exact values).
We are pleased to report that the CEO is compensated more modestly than most CEOs of similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO compensation, but a more important question is whether the company will grow its profits over the years. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a careful review of historical growth trends, available here.
A different perspective
Fortunately, Westlife Development’s total shareholder return last year was 21%. This is below the 32% he made, for the shareholders, each year, over three years. I find it very interesting to look at stock price over the long term as a proxy for company performance. But to really get insight, we also need to consider other information. For example, we found 2 warning signs for Westlife Development (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of the stocks currently trading on the IN exchanges.
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