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Greentown Management Holdings' (HKG:9979) 19% return outpaced the company's earnings growth over the same one-year period

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

It hasn't been the best quarter for Greentown Management Holdings Company Limited (HKG:9979) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 12% in that time. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been pleasing. After all, the share price is up a market-beating 10% in that time.

After a strong gain in the past week, it's worth seeing if longer term returns have been driven by improving fundamentals.

See our latest analysis for Greentown Management Holdings

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.

Greentown Management Holdings was able to grow EPS by 15% in the last twelve months. It's fair to say that the share price gain of 10% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. So it seems like the market has cooled on Greentown Management Holdings, despite the growth. Interesting.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

SEHK:9979 Earnings Per Share Growth June 28th 2022

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. This free interactive report on Greentown Management Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Greentown Management Holdings' TSR for the last 1 year was 19%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Greentown Management Holdings shareholders have gained 19% over the last year, including dividends. Unfortunately the share price is down 12% over the last quarter. Shorter term share price moves often don't signify much about the business itself. 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with Greentown Management Holdings , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.

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