In order to justify the effort of selecting individual stocks, it’s worth striving to beat the returns from a market index fund. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers So we wouldn’t blame long term CNNC International Limited (HKG:2302) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 48% over a half decade. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 21% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 22% in the last three months. However, one could argue that the price has been influenced by the general market, which is down 9.7% in the same timeframe.
Because CNNC International made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over five years, CNNC International grew its revenue at 63% per year. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. Shareholders are no doubt disappointed with the loss of 12%, each year, in that time. So you might argue the CNNC International should get more credit for its rather impressive revenue growth over the period. If that’s the case, now might be the smart time to take a close look at it.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 7.6% in the twelve months, CNNC International shareholders did even worse, losing 21%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 12% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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 be aware of the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with CNNC International .
But note: CNNC International may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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