0R15 11395.0 -4.4043% 0R1E 9100.0 1.1111% 0M69 None None% 0R2V 237.0 2.5974% 0QYR 1354.0 2.9266% 0QYP 457.0 0.3293% 0RUK None None% 0RYA 1460.0 1.2483% 0RIH 187.4 -0.213% 0RIH 187.4 -0.213% 0R1O 197.0 9862.0733% 0R1O None None% 0QFP None None% 0M2Z 290.0 0.6071% 0VSO 28.5 -19.9551% 0R1I None None% 0QZI 504.0 0.0% 0QZ0 220.0 0.0% 0NZF None None% 0YXG 172.35 -89.9621%

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Investors in Worley (ASX:WOR) have seen favorable returns of 37% over the past three years - Kalkine

Worley Limited (ASX:WOR) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 13% in the last quarter. In contrast the stock has done reasonably well over three years. After all, the stock has performed better than the market (20%) over that time, over which it gained 23%.

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 Worley

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

During three years of share price growth, Worley moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we'd expect the share price to be up.

You can see below how EPS has changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image). earnings-per-share-growth

It is of course excellent to see how Worley has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. Take a more thorough look at Worley's financial health with this freereport on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. We note that for Worley the TSR over the last 3 years was 37%, 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

Investors in Worley had a tough year, with a total loss of 8.4% (including dividends), against a market gain of about 15%. 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. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 5%, each year, over five years. 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 Worley .



Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this freelist of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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

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