The three-year decline in earnings for Travel + Leisure NYSE:TNL) isn’t encouraging, but shareholders are still up 54% over that period

Low-cost index funds make it easy to achieve average market returns. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. For example, the Travel + Leisure Co. (NYSE:TNL) share price return of 37% over three years lags the market return in the same period. On the other hand, the more recent gain of 29% over a year is certainly pleasing.

Since the long term performance has been good but there’s been a recent pullback of 3.2%, let’s check if the fundamentals match the share price.

Check out our latest analysis for Travel + Leisure

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Travel + Leisure became profitable within the last three years. So we would expect a higher share price over the period.

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

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We know that Travel + Leisure has improved its bottom line lately, but is it going to grow revenue? This free report showing analyst revenue forecasts should help you figure out if the EPS growth can be sustained.

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. In the case of Travel + Leisure, it has a TSR of 54% for the last 3 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Travel + Leisure provided a TSR of 32% over the year (including dividends). That’s fairly close to the broader market return. Most would be happy with a gain, and it helps that the year’s return is actually better than the average return over five years, which was 15%. Even if the share price growth slows down from here, there’s a good chance that this is business worth watching in the long term. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Travel + Leisure (including 1 which is potentially serious) .

Of course Travel + Leisure may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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

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