Investors in FRP Advisory Group (LON:FRP) have made a return of 16% over the past year

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These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the FRP Advisory Group plc (LON:FRP) share price is 13% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market decline of around 3.2% (not including dividends) in the same period. So that should have shareholders smiling. Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.

Let's take a look at the underlying fundamentals over the longer term, and see if they've been consistent with shareholders returns.

Check out our latest analysis for FRP Advisory Group

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. 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 movement.

During the last year FRP Advisory Group grew its earnings per share (EPS) by 50%. This EPS growth is significantly higher than the 13% increase in the share price. Therefore, it seems the market isn't as excited about FRP Advisory Group as it was before. This could be an opportunity.

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

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

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. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of FRP Advisory Group, it has a TSR of 16% for the last 1 year. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

FRP Advisory Group boasts a total shareholder return of 16% for the last year (that includes the dividends) . A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 8.4% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand FRP Advisory Group better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for FRP Advisory Group that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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 GB exchanges.

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