When you buy shares in a company, it's worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the SkiStar AB (publ) (STO:SKIS B) share price has soared 187% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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.

During five years of share price growth, SkiStar achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 30% per year. The EPS growth is more impressive than the yearly share price gain of 23% over the same period. Therefore, it seems the market has become relatively pessimistic about the company.

The image below shows how EPS has tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

We know that SkiStar has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? Check if analysts think SkiStar will grow revenue in the future.

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. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for SkiStar the TSR over the last 5 years was 233%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that SkiStar has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 24% in the last twelve months. Of course, that includes the dividend. Having said that, the five-year TSR of 27% a year, is even better. If you would like to research SkiStar in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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 SE exchanges.

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