Senheng New Retail Berhad (KLSE:SENHENG) shareholders have endured a 36% loss from investing in the stock a year ago

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Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. For example, the Senheng New Retail Berhad (KLSE:SENHENG) share price is down 37% in the last year. That’s well below the market decline of 3.3%. Because Senheng New Retail Berhad hasn’t been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs.

It’s worthwhile assessing if the company’s economics have been moving in lockstep with these underwhelming shareholder returns, or if there is some disparity between the two. So let’s do just that.

See our latest analysis for Senheng New Retail Berhad

In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. 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.

Even though the Senheng New Retail Berhad share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. Of course, the situation might betray previous over-optimism about growth.

It’s surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it’s well worth checking out some other metrics, too.

With a low yield of 1.8% we doubt that the dividend influences the share price much. Senheng New Retail Berhad managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since we can’t easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.

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

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We know that Senheng New Retail Berhad has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Senheng New Retail Berhad will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

While Senheng New Retail Berhad shareholders are down 36% for the year (even including dividends), the market itself is up 3.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 9.5% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Senheng New Retail Berhad better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Senheng New Retail Berhad that you should be aware of.

Of course Senheng New Retail Berhad may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on MY exchanges.

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