Total Shareholder Return (TSR) measures the earnings of a share to the shareholder by taking into account the share price movements (or net stock price change) plus the dividents paid during a given period (typically one year).
Using TSR as a measure of performance allows investors to compare companies across sectors. TSR is only meaningful relative to other companies as it will fluctuate with the stock markets.
TSR = (Share Price at the end of period – Share Price at the beginning of period + Dividents) / Share Price at the beginning of period
This indicator is included in the book: Key Performance Indicators – the 75+ measures every manager needs to know, which contains an in-depth description of this KPI, as well as practical advice on data collection, calculations, target setting, and actual usage.