Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market - but in the process, they risk under-performance. Investors in Tech Semiconductors Co., Ltd. (SZSE:300046) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 32%. That falls noticeably short of the market decline of around 17%. On the bright side, the stock is actually up 5.4% in the last three years. But it's up 9.5% in the last week.
Although the past week has been more reassuring for shareholders, they're still in the red over the last year, so let's see if the underlying business has been responsible for the decline.
Check out our latest analysis for Tech Semiconductors
To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Unfortunately Tech Semiconductors reported an EPS drop of 67% for the last year. This fall in the EPS is significantly worse than the 32% the share price fall. So despite the weak per-share profits, some investors are probably relieved the situation wasn't more difficult. With a P/E ratio of 203.97, it's fair to say the market sees an EPS rebound on the cards.
The company's earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).SZSE:300046 Earnings Per Share Growth December 15th 2022
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Tech Semiconductors' earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 17% in the twelve months, Tech Semiconductors shareholders did even worse, losing 32%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 2% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. 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 - Tech Semiconductors has 2 warning signs (and 1 which shouldn't be ignored) we think you should know about.
Of course Tech Semiconductors may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CN exchanges.
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