Those who invested in BSP Financial Group (ASX:BFL) a year ago are up 28%

If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, the BSP Financial Group Limited (ASX:BFL) share price is 14% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market decline of around 5.0% (not including dividends) in the same period. That’s a solid performance by our standards! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year may not reflect a long term trend.

So let’s assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 1 year and see if they’ve moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for BSP Financial Group

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.

BSP Financial Group was able to grow EPS by 17% in the last twelve months. It’s fair to say that the share price gain of 14% did not keep pace with the EPS growth. Therefore, it seems the market isn’t as excited about BSP Financial Group as it was before. This could be an opportunity. This cautious sentiment is reflected in its (fairly low) P/E ratio of 5.30.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

earnings-per-share-growth

It might be well worthwhile taking a look at ours free report on BSP Financial Group’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. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of BSP Financial Group, it has a TSR of 28% for the last 1 year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

BSP Financial Group boasts a total shareholder return of 28% for the last year (that includes the dividends). While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present specter of investment risk. We’ve identified 1 warning sign with BSP Financial Group, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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