If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But one can do better than that by picking better than average stocks (as part of a diversified portfolio). For example, the BMO Real Estate Investments Limited (LON:BREI) share price is up 58% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around 26% (not including dividends). If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! Unfortunately the longer term returns are not so good, with the stock falling 26% in the last three years.

View our latest analysis for BMO Real Estate Investments

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.

During the last year BMO Real Estate Investments saw its earnings per share (EPS) drop below zero. While some may see this as temporary, we’re a skeptical bunch, and so we’re a little surprised to see the share price go up. We might get a clue to explain the share price move by looking to other metrics.

We haven’t seen BMO Real Estate Investments increase dividend payments yet, so the yield probably hasn’t helped drive the share higher. It saw it’s revenue decline by 3.1% over twelve months. It’s fair to say we’re a little surprised to see the share price up, and that makes us cautious.

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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Take a more thorough look at BMO Real Estate Investments’ financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. 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. As it happens, BMO Real Estate Investments’ TSR for the last year was 65%, which exceeds the share price return mentioned earlier. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that BMO Real Estate Investments shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 65% over the last year. That’s including the dividend. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 1.1%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand BMO Real Estate Investments better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with BMO Real Estate Investments (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

But note: BMO Real Estate Investments may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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

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