EC World Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX:BWCU shareholders incur further losses as stock declines 15% this week, taking one-year losses to 46%

Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. For example, the EC World Real Estate Investment Trust (SGX:BWCU) share price is down 50% in the last year. That’s disappointing when you consider the market declined 0.2%. Even if you look out three years, the returns are still disappointing, with the share price down45% in that time. Furthermore, it’s down 24% 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.

If the past week is anything to go by, investor sentiment for EC World Real Estate Investment Trust isn’t positive, so let’s see if there’s a mismatch between fundamentals and the share price.

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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 earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the last year EC World Real Estate Investment Trust saw its earnings per share drop below zero. Buyers no doubt think it’s a temporary situation, but those with a nose for quality have low tolerance for losses. However, there may be an opportunity for investors if the company can recover.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values ​​by clicking on the image).

SGX:BWCU Earnings Per Share Growth November 23rd 2022

Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here.

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 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of EC World Real Estate Investment Trust, it has a TSR of -46% for the last 1 year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

EC World Real Estate Investment Trust shareholders are down 46% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 0.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 4% 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. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – EC World Real Estate Investment Trust has 2 warning signs (and 1 which shouldn’t be ignored) we think you should know about.

But note: EC World Real Estate Investment Trust 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 SG exchanges.

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