Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But every investor is virtually certain to have both outperforming and underperforming stocks. At this point, some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSBK), since the past five years have seen the stock price drop 12%.
Given that shareholders are down longer term, let’s take a look at the underlying fundamentals over this period and see if they have been consistent with returns.
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Although the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are dynamic systems that are too reactive and that investors are not always rational. An imperfect but reasonable way to gauge changing sentiment around a company is to compare earnings per share (EPS) with the stock price.
In the unfortunate half-decade in which the stock price fell, Lake Shore Bancorp actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 21% annually. Given the stock price reaction, one might suspect that EPS is not a good indicator of the company’s performance over the period (perhaps due to a loss or a one-time gain). Or maybe the market was previously very bullish, so the stock disappointed, despite improving EPS.
It is strange to see such a weak share price performance despite sustained growth. Perhaps a clue lies in other measurements.
The stable dividend doesn’t really explain why the stock price is down. While it’s not entirely obvious why the stock price is down, a closer look at the company’s history might help explain it.
You can see how earnings and income have changed over time below (find out the exact values by clicking on the image).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive chart.
What about dividends?
In addition to measuring share price performance, investors should also consider total shareholder return (TSR). While the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they have been reinvested) and the benefit of any capital raising or spin-offs. off updated. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture of stocks that pay a dividend. It turns out that Lake Shore Bancorp’s TSR for the last 5 years was 4.0%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. The dividends paid by the company thus inflated the total return to shareholders.
A different perspective
While a loss is never pleasant, Lake Shore Bancorp shareholders can rest assured that, including dividends, their 2.9% year-over-year loss was not nearly as bad as the loss of 14% on the market. Longer-term investors wouldn’t be so upset, as they would have gained 0.8%, every year, over five years. At best, the past year is only a temporary breach on the path to a brighter future. I find it very interesting to look at stock price over the long term as a proxy for company performance. But to really get insight, we also need to consider other information. To this end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we spotted with Lake Shore Bancorp.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of stocks currently trading on US exchanges.
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