Investors in ATOSS Software (ETR:AOF) have seen incredible returns of 347% over the past five years

Investors in ATOSS Software (ETR:AOF) have seen incredible returns of 347% over the past five years

Buying shares in the best businesses can build meaningful wealth for you and your family. While not every stock performs well, when investors win, they can win big. To wit, the ATOSS Software AG (ETR:AOF) share price has soared 309% over five years. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. It’s also up 8.2% in about a month. We note that ATOSS Software reported its financial results recently; luckily, you can catch up on the latest revenue and profit numbers in our company report.

So let’s assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 5 years and see if they’ve moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.

View our latest analysis for ATOSS Software

To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will thrive. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movements.

During five years of share price growth, ATOSS Software achieved compound earnings per share (EPS) growth of 20% per year. This EPS growth is lower than the 33% average annual increase in the share price. This suggests that market participants hold the company in higher regard, these days. That’s not necessarily surprising considering the five-year track record of earnings growth. This favorable sentiment is reflected in its (fairly optimistic) P/E ratio of 61.23.

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

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We know that ATOSS Software has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? You could check out this free report showing analyst revenue forecasts.

What About Dividends?

When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder returns (TSR) and share price returns. 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. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. We note that for ATOSS Software the TSR over the last 5 years was 347%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments in part explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that ATOSS Software has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 37% in the last twelve months. That’s including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 35% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Before forming an opinion on ATOSS Software you might want to consider these 3 valuation metrics.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then don’t miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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

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