Imagine Owning Bridgemarq Real Estate Services (TSE:BRE) And Wondering If The 16% Share Price Slide Is Justified

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Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market – but in the process, they risk under-performance. Investors in Bridgemarq Real Estate Services Inc. (TSE:BRE) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 16%. That falls noticeably short of the market return of around 0.5%. Longer term investors have fared much better, since the share price is up 1.3% in three years. It’s down 2.9% in the last seven days.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

Unhappily, Bridgemarq Real Estate Services had to report a 13% decline in EPS over the last year. This proportional reduction in earnings per share isn’t far from the 16% decrease in the share price. Given the lower EPS we might have expected investors to lose confidence in the stock, but that doesn’t seemed to have happened. Instead, the change in the share price seems to reduction in earnings per share, alone.

You can see how EPS has changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

TSX:BRE Past and Future Earnings, June 12th 2019

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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 is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of Bridgemarq Real Estate Services, it has a TSR of -8.7% for the last year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Bridgemarq Real Estate Services shareholders are down 8.7% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 0.5%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 10%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on Bridgemarq Real Estate Services it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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 CA exchanges.

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