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Qurate Retail's (NASDAQ:QRTE.A) investors will be pleased with their decent 77% return over the last year

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Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTE.A) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 18% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the reality that over twelve months the stock has done really well. Looking at the full year, the company has easily bested an index fund by gaining 54%.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Qurate Retail

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. 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 Qurate Retail grew its earnings per share, moving from a loss to a profit.

When a company is just on the edge of profitability it can be well worth considering other metrics in order to more precisely gauge growth (and therefore understand share price movements).

However the year on year revenue growth of 7.9% would help. We do see some companies suppress earnings in order to accelerate revenue growth.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We know that Qurate Retail has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Qurate Retail

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Qurate Retail's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Qurate Retail hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 77% exceeds its share price return of 54%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.

A Different Perspective

Pleasingly, Qurate Retail's total shareholder return last year was 77%. What is absolutely clear is that is far preferable to the dismal 2.3% average annual loss suffered over the last three years. The optimist would say this is evidence that the stock has bottomed, and better days lie ahead. 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 5 warning signs we've spotted with Qurate Retail (including 1 which is concerning) .

For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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