Update: Shares of International Hotel Investments (MTSE: IHI) have gained 23% in the past year

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The easiest way to invest in stocks is to buy exchange traded funds. But investors can increase returns by choosing market-leading companies in which to hold stocks. International Hotel Investments plc The share price (MTSE: IHI) is 23% higher than a year ago, much better than the market return of around 0.9% (excluding dividends) over the same period. This should therefore make shareholders smile. When you zoom out, the stock is actually down 0.8% over the past three years.

Check out our latest analysis for international hotel investments

International Hotel Investments has not been profitable over the past twelve months, we are unlikely to see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). We can say that income is our second best option. Generally speaking, companies with no profits are expected to increase their income every year, and at a good rate. Indeed, the rapid growth in income can be easily extrapolated to the expected profits, often of considerable size.

International Hotel Investments has actually cut revenue over the past year, with a reduction of 66%. Despite the lack of earnings growth, the stock has returned a solid 23% over the past twelve months. For us, that means there isn’t much correlation between past earnings performance and the stock price, but a closer look at analysts’ forecasts and bottom line might explain a lot.

The image below shows how revenue and income have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see more details).

MTSE: IHI Earnings and Revenue Growth Aug 3, 2021

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases over the past year. Even so, future profits will be much more important to whether current shareholders make money. This free International Hotel Investments’ interactive earnings, income and cash flow report is a great place to start if you want to delve deeper into the stock market.

A different perspective

We are pleased to report that the shareholders of International Hotel Investments received a total shareholder return of 23% over one year. This gain is better than the annual TSR over five years which is 1.7%. Therefore, it seems that sentiment around the company has been positive lately. At the best of times, this can portend real business momentum, implying that now may be a good time to dig deep. While it is worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we discovered 1 warning sign for international hotel investments which you should know before investing here.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management then you might love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders buy them).

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

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