Earnings are growing at Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:LOMA) but shareholders still don't like its prospects

Loma Negra -1.44%

Loma Negra

LOMA

6.85

-1.44%

For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But even the best stock picker will only win with some selections. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE:LOMA), since the last five years saw the share price fall 39%. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 8.4%.

Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.

Check out our latest analysis for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima

To quote Buffett, 'Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace...' 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).

During the unfortunate half decade during which the share price slipped, Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 31% per year. Given the share price reaction, one might suspect that EPS is not a good guide to the business performance during the period (perhaps due to a one-off loss or gain). Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.

Because of the sharp contrast between the EPS growth rate and the share price growth, we're inclined to look to other metrics to understand the changing market sentiment around the stock.

Revenue is actually up 38% over the time period. So it seems one might have to take closer look at the fundamentals to understand why the share price languishes. After all, there may be an opportunity.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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NYSE:LOMA Earnings and Revenue Growth March 29th 2024

We know that Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. 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. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima the TSR over the last 5 years was -8.8%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima provided a TSR of 3.1% over the last twelve months. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 1.7% endured over half a decade. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. 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. Take risks, for example - Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.

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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 American exchanges.

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