Australia markets closed
  • ALL ORDS

    7,599.90
    -137.00 (-1.77%)
     
  • ASX 200

    7,279.30
    -128.00 (-1.73%)
     
  • AUD/USD

    0.7128
    -0.0061 (-0.86%)
     
  • OIL

    68.15
    -10.24 (-13.06%)
     
  • GOLD

    1,785.50
    +1.20 (+0.07%)
     
  • BTC-AUD

    76,254.43
    -6,950.72 (-8.35%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,365.60
    -89.82 (-6.17%)
     
  • AUD/EUR

    0.6294
    -0.0117 (-1.82%)
     
  • AUD/NZD

    1.0443
    -0.0039 (-0.37%)
     
  • NZX 50

    12,628.89
    -165.72 (-1.30%)
     
  • NASDAQ

    16,025.58
    -342.23 (-2.09%)
     
  • FTSE

    7,044.03
    -266.34 (-3.64%)
     
  • Dow Jones

    34,899.34
    -905.04 (-2.53%)
     
  • DAX

    15,257.04
    -660.94 (-4.15%)
     
  • Hang Seng

    24,080.52
    -659.64 (-2.67%)
     
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,751.62
    -747.66 (-2.53%)
     

Agnico Eagle Mines' (NYSE:AEM) investors will be pleased with their favorable 69% return over the last three years

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·3-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Investors can buy low cost index fund if they want to receive the average market return. But across the board there are plenty of stocks that underperform the market. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) share price is up 61% in the last three years, that falls short of the market return. Unfortunately, the share price has fallen 28% over twelve months.

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

See our latest analysis for Agnico Eagle Mines

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. 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).

Agnico Eagle Mines was able to grow its EPS at 65% per year over three years, sending the share price higher. The average annual share price increase of 17% is actually lower than the EPS growth. Therefore, it seems the market has moderated its expectations for growth, somewhat.

The graphic below depicts how EPS has changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

earnings-per-share-growth
earnings-per-share-growth

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). 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. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. As it happens, Agnico Eagle Mines' TSR for the last 3 years was 69%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 33% in the last year, Agnico Eagle Mines shareholders lost 27% (even including dividends). 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. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 5% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Agnico Eagle Mines .

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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

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.

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting