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Zhaobangji Properties Holdings (HKG:1660 Shareholders Incur Further Losses as Stock Declines 20% This Week, Taking Five-year Losses to 82%

Simply Wall St ·  05/23/2023 07:06

Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Anyone who held Zhaobangji Properties Holdings Limited (HKG:1660) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 82% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 39% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 25% in the last three months. While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn't as important as health and happiness.

With the stock having lost 20% in the past week, it's worth taking a look at business performance and seeing if there's any red flags.

See our latest analysis for Zhaobangji Properties Holdings

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Over five years Zhaobangji Properties Holdings' earnings per share dropped significantly, falling to a loss, with the share price also lower. At present it's hard to make valid comparisons between EPS and the share price. But we would generally expect a lower price, given the situation.

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

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SEHK:1660 Earnings Per Share Growth May 22nd 2023

It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Zhaobangji Properties Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 0.7% in the last year, Zhaobangji Properties Holdings shareholders lost 39%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 13% over the last half decade. 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. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Zhaobangji Properties Holdings that you should be aware of before investing here.

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

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