We think intelligent long term investing is the way to go. But no-one is immune from buying too high. Zooming in on an example, the Newmark Security plc (LON:NWT) share price dropped 59% in the last half decade. That’s an unpleasant experience for long term holders. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 13% in the last three months. Of course, this share price action may well have been influenced by the 27% decline in the broader market, throughout the period.

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While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.

Newmark Security became profitable within the last five years. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

It could be that the revenue decline of 5.3% per year is viewed as evidence that Newmark Security is shrinking. This has probably encouraged some shareholders to sell down the stock.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

AIM:NWT Income Statement, March 16th 2020
AIM:NWT Income Statement, March 16th 2020

Take a more thorough look at Newmark Security’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

Investors should note that there’s a difference between Newmark Security’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we’ve covered above. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Dividends have been really beneficial for Newmark Security shareholders, and that cash payout explains why its total shareholder loss of 55%, over the last 5 years, isn’t as bad as the share price return.

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A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Newmark Security has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 43% in the last twelve months. That certainly beats the loss of about 15% per year over the last half decade. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Newmark Security better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with Newmark Security (at least 1 which is a bit unpleasant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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 GB exchanges.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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