Imagine owning shares of Hong Kong TV Network (HKG: 1137) as the price rose 582%
While Hong Kong TV Network Limited (HKG: 1137) Shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t gone particularly well recently, with the stock price falling 23% in the last quarter. But over five years, the returns have been remarkably good. In fact, during that time, the stock price climbed 582%. Impressive! We can probably expect the recent fall after such a steep rise. But the real question is whether the fundamentals of the business can improve over the long term.
We are really delighted to see such a performance of the stock price for investors.
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While the markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, stock prices reflect investor sentiment, not just the underlying performance of the company. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and changes in the share price over time, we can get a sense of how investors’ attitudes towards a company have changed over time.
Over the past five years, Hong Kong Television Network has become profitable. Sometimes the onset of profitability is a major inflection point that can signal rapid growth in future earnings, which in turn justifies very large price gains.
The graph below illustrates the evolution of EPS over time (reveal the exact values by clicking on the image).
It’s of course great to see how Hong Kong Television Network has grown its profits over the years, but the future is more important to shareholders. You can see how his track record has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A different perspective
It is nice to see that Hong Kong Television Network shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 120% over the past year. As the 1-year TSR is better than the 5-year TSR (the latter standing at 47% per year), it seems that the performance of the stock has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic outlook might view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is improving over time. I find it very interesting to look at the long-term share price as an indicator of company performance. But to really get an overview, we have to take other information into account as well. To do this, you need to know the 2 warning signs we spotted with Hong Kong Television Network.
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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 the Hong Kong stock exchanges.
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