Should hotel real estate investments (ASX: HPI) be disappointed with their 36% profit?
Diversification is a key tool in dealing with volatility in stock prices. But if you want to beat the market as a whole, you have to have individual stocks that are outperforming. One of these companies is Hotel real estate investments (ASX: HPI), which saw its share price rise 36% last year, slightly above the market yield of around 36% (excluding dividends). Long-term returns have not been as good, with the share price only 0.9% higher than it was three years ago.
It is undeniable that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect the underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and changes in stock prices over time, we can get an idea of ââhow investor attitudes towards a company have changed over time.
Over the past year, Hotel Property Investments has seen its earnings per share drop 2.8%.
We don’t think the decline in earnings per share is a good measure of activity over the past twelve months. Since the change in EPS does not appear to correlate with the change in the stock price, it’s worth taking a look at other metrics.
In the absence of improvement, we don’t think thirst for dividends is driving the Hotel Property Investments share price higher. Rather, we believe that the 4.3% revenue increase could be more significant. Income growth often precedes earnings growth, so some investors might be willing to forgo earnings today because their eyes are on the future.
The graph below illustrates the evolution of earnings and income over time (reveal the exact values ââby clicking on the image).
It’s probably worth noting that we’ve seen some significant insider buying in the past quarter, which we see as positive. On the other hand, we believe that revenue and profit trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. So it makes sense to check what analysts think hotel real estate investments earn in the future (free profit forecast).
What about dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. TSR is a yield calculation that takes into account the value of cash dividends (assuming any dividends received have been reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital increase and spin-offs. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of dividend paying stocks. We note that for Hotel Property Investments last year’s TSR was 44% which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there’s no price guessing that dividend payments are a big part of the reason for the discrepancy!
A different perspective
We are pleased to report that Hotel Property Investments shareholders received a total shareholder return of 44% over one year. This includes the dividend. This gain is better than the annual TSR over five years which is 11%. Therefore, it seems that sentiment around the company has been positive lately. At the best of times, this can portend real business momentum, meaning that now may be a good time to dig deep. It is always interesting to follow the evolution of stock prices over the long term. But to better understand hotel real estate investments, there are many other factors that we need to consider. Consider, for example, the ever-present specter of investment risk. We have identified 5 warning signs with hotel real estate investments (at least 2 that should not be ignored) , 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 AU stock exchanges.
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