Molson Coors Beverage (NYSE: TAP) share price is up 54%, shareholders are hoping for more
These days, it’s easy to just buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But you can dramatically increase your returns by choosing above-average stocks. Namely, the Molson Coors Beverage Company The stock price (NYSE: TAP) is 54% higher than a year ago, far better than the market yield of around 43% (excluding dividends) over the same period. It’s a solid performance by our standards! On the flip side, longer-term shareholders had a tougher race, with the stock falling 5.3% in three years.
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In his essay Graham-et-Doddsville superinvestors Warren Buffett described how stock prices don’t always rationally reflect a company’s value. An imperfect but simple way to examine how a company’s market perception has changed is to compare the evolution of earnings per share (EPS) with the movement of the share price.
Over the past twelve months, Molson Coors Beverage has gone from profitable to unprofitable. While this may turn out to be temporary, we see it as negative, so we wouldn’t have expected the share price to rise. We might get a clue to explain the stock price movement by looking at other metrics.
Molson Coors Beverage’s revenues actually fell 9.0% from a year ago. So, using a snapshot of key trade metrics doesn’t give us a good idea of why the market is increasing the stock.
The image below shows how revenue and income have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see more details).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases over the past year. Even so, future profits will be much more important in determining whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Molson Coors Beverage will earn in the future (free profit forecast).
A different perspective
It is nice to see that the shareholders of Molson Coors Beverage have achieved a total shareholder return of 54% over the past year. In particular, the loss of the annualized five-year TSR of 7% per year compares very unfavorably with the recent evolution of the share price. We tend to place more emphasis on long-term performance than short-term performance, but the recent improvement could point to a (positive) inflection point within the company. While it is 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 example, the ever-present specter of investment risk. We have identified 1 warning sign with Molson Coors Beverage and understanding them should be part of your investing process.
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Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market-weighted average returns of stocks currently traded on US stock exchanges.
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