Link Real Estate Investment Trust (HKG:823) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 13% in the last quarter. But at least the stock is up over the last five years. In that time, it is up 15%, which isn’t bad, but is below the market return of 28%.

Let’s take a look at the underlying fundamentals over the longer term, and see if they’ve been consistent with shareholders returns.

Check out our latest analysis for Link Real Estate Investment Trust

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ 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.

During the last half decade, Link Real Estate Investment Trust became profitable. That would generally be considered a positive, so we’d expect the share price to be up.

The company’s earnings per share (over time) is depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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SEHK:823 Earnings Per Share Growth September 29th 2021

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Link Real Estate Investment Trust’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. As it happens, Link Real Estate Investment Trust’s TSR for the last 5 years was 39%, 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

Link Real Estate Investment Trust shareholders gained a total return of 7.7% during the year. But that was short of the market average. The silver lining is that the gain was actually better than the average annual return of 7% per year over five year. This could indicate that the company is winning over new investors, as it pursues its strategy. 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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Link Real Estate Investment Trust you should know about.

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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 HK exchanges.

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