While not a mind-blowing gesture, it’s good to see that the Hansol Paper Co., Ltd. (KRX: 213500) The stock price has gained 13% in the past three months. But over the past half-decade, the stock has not performed well. You would have done a lot better buying an index fund, since the stock has fallen 39% in that half-decade.
Discover our latest analysis for Hansol Paper
While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are overly reactive dynamic systems and investors are not always rational. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and changes in stock prices over time, we can get an idea of how investor attitudes towards a company have evolved over time.
While the share price has fallen over five years, Hansol Paper has in fact managed to increase Average EPS of 7.6% per year. Given the reaction of the share price, one might suspect that EPS is not a good indicator of the performance of the company during the period (possibly due to a loss or a one-time gain). On the other hand, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
Due to the lack of correlation between the growth of EPS and the decline in the stock price, it is worth looking at other metrics to try to understand the movement of the stock price.
Turnover is in fact up 3.8% over the period. It therefore seems that we need to take a closer look at the fundamentals to understand why the stock price is languishing. After all, there may be an opportunity.
The company’s revenue and profits (over time) are shown in the image below (click to see exact numbers).
This free Hansol Paper’s interactive balance sheet strength report is a great place to start if you’re looking to dig deeper into the stock.
What about dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any discounted demerger or capital increase, as well as any dividend, based on the assumption that dividends are reinvested. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of dividend paying stocks. We note that for Hansol Paper the TSR over the past 5 years was -23% which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company thus boosted the total back to shareholders.
A different perspective
Hansol Paper has provided an 18% TSR over the past twelve months. Unfortunately, this does not match the performance of the market. But at least it’s still a gain! Over five years, the TSR has been a reduction of 4% per year, over five years. The business may well stabilize. I find it very interesting to look at the stock price over the long term as an indicator of the performance of the company. But to really understand better, we have to take other information into account as well. Even so, be aware that Hansol Paper shows 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of these cannot be ignored …
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on the KR stock exchanges.
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