These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. To wit, the APM Human Services International Limited (ASX:APM) share price is 14% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market decline of around 2.0% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. We'll need to follow APM Human Services International for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.
On the back of a solid 7-day performance, let's check what role the company's fundamentals have played in driving long term shareholder returns.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
APM Human Services International went from making a loss to reporting a profit, in the last year.
While it's good to see positive EPS of AU$0.045 this year, the loss wasn't too bad last year. We'd argue the positive share price reflects the move to profitability. Inflection points like this can be a great time to take a closer look at a company.
You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that APM Human Services International shareholders have gained 16% over the last year, including dividends. We regret to report that the share price is down 1.9% over ninety days. Shorter term share price moves often don't signify much about the business itself. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand APM Human Services International better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for APM Human Services International that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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 AU exchanges.
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