Unfortunately, investing is risky – companies can and do go bankrupt. But if you pick the right stock, you can make a lot more than 100%. For example, the Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPB) share price has soared 135% in the last year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! On top of that, the share price is up 11% in about a quarter. But this move may well have been assisted by the reasonably buoyant market (up 7.8% in 90 days). On the other hand, longer term shareholders have had a tougher run, with the stock falling 8.2% in three years.
Check out our latest analysis for Spectrum Brands Holdings
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ 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.
Spectrum Brands Holdings went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.
When a company is just on the edge of profitability it can be well worth considering other metrics in order to more precisely gauge growth (and therefore understand share price movements).
We are skeptical of the suggestion that the 1.9% dividend yield would entice buyers to the stock. We think that the revenue growth of 12% could have some investors interested. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Spectrum Brands Holdings will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Spectrum Brands Holdings, it has a TSR of 142% for the last year. 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
It’s good to see that Spectrum Brands Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 142% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 3% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Spectrum Brands Holdings (including 1 which is a bit concerning) .
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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 US exchanges.
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