If You Had Bought Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust’s (HKG:808) Shares Three Years Ago You Would Be Down 28%

For many investors, the main point of stock picking is to generate higher returns than the overall market. The risk of stock picking, however, is that you are likely to buy subpar companies. Unfortunately that was the case in the long run Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust (HKG: 808) shareholders, as the share price has fallen by 28% in the last three years and thus clearly missed the market decline of around 4.5%. Unfortunately, the share price has fallen 2.0% over the past week.

Check out our latest analysis for Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham, in the short term the market is a voting machine, but in the long term it is a Libra. A flawed but reasonable way to gauge how sentiment has changed in a company is to compare earnings per share (EPS) to the share price.

The Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust saw its price decline that turned into a loss in the three years that earnings per share also fell. Extraordinary items contributed to this situation. Because of the loss, it is not easy to use EPS as a reliable guide to business. However, we can say that in this scenario we would expect the stock price to fall.

In the image below you can see how the EPS has changed over time (click on the graph to see the exact values).

SEHK: 808 earnings per share growth January 1, 2021

These free An interactive report on Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust’s earnings, earnings, and cash flow is a good place to start if you want to research the stock further.

What about dividends?

In addition to measuring stock price return, investors should consider total shareholder return (TSR). While the stock price return only reflects the change in the stock price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (if reinvested) and the benefit of discounted capital raising or spin-off. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of stocks that pay a dividend. We find that the TSR for Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust has been -14% over the past 3 years, which is better than the stock price return mentioned above. This is mainly due to the dividend payments!

Another perspective

Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust shareholders are down 15% over the year (including dividends), but the market itself is up 7.6%. Even the stock prices of good stocks fall sometimes, but we want to see improvements in a company’s fundamentals before we get too interested. On the positive side, long-term shareholders have made money with growth of 3% per year over half a decade. If the fundamentals continue to point to long-term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity to consider. With that in mind, a solid next step might be to take a look at the Prosperity Real Estate Investment Trust’s dividend balance sheet. These free Interactive charting is a good place to start.

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Please note that the market returns reported in this article reflect the market weighted average returns on stocks currently traded on HK exchanges.

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