China CITIC Bank (HKG:998) five-year earnings growth lags shareholder returns by 1.4% YoY
While that may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it’s good to see the China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited (HKG:998) share price up 19% in a single quarter. But if you look at the last five years, the returns have not been good. In fact, the stock price is down 22%, well below the return you could get from buying an index fund.
With the stock up 4.4% last week but long-term shareholders still in the red, let’s see what the fundamentals can tell us.
Check out our latest analysis for China CITIC Bank
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. An imperfect but simple way to examine how a company’s market perception has changed is to compare the evolution of earnings per share (EPS) with the movement of the share price.
During the unfortunate half-decade in which the share price fell, China CITIC Bank actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 6.0% annually. Given the stock price reaction, one might suspect that EPS is not a good indicator of the company’s performance over the period (perhaps due to a loss or a one-time gain). Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
It is strange to see such a weak share price performance despite sustained growth. Perhaps a clue lies in other measurements.
The stable dividend doesn’t really explain why the stock price is down. We don’t immediately know why the stock price is down, but further research may provide some answers.
You can see how earnings and income have changed over time below (find out the exact values by clicking on the image).
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. This free a report showing analyst forecasts should help you form an opinion on China CITIC Bank
What about dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the stock price return, for a given stock. TSR is a calculation of return that takes into account the value of cash dividends (assuming any dividends received have been reinvested) and the calculated value of all discounted capital raisings and spinoffs. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often much higher than the stock price return. We note that for China CITIC Bank the TSR over the past 5 years was 7.4%, which is better than the stock price return mentioned above. This is largely the result of its dividend payments!
A different perspective
It is good to see that China CITIC Bank has rewarded its shareholders with a total shareholder return of 9.3% over the past twelve months. This includes the dividend. This gain is better than the five-year annual TSR, which is 1.4%. Therefore, it seems that the sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given that the stock price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock lest you miss an opportunity. It is always interesting to follow the evolution of the share price over the long term. But to better understand China CITIC Bank, we need to consider many other factors. Take for example the ubiquitous specter of investment risk. We have identified 2 warning signs with China CITIC Bank, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market-weighted average returns of stocks currently trading on HK exchanges.
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