The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Investors in DBA Group S.p.A. (BIT:DBA) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 39%. That falls noticeably short of the market return of around 21%. DBA Group may have better days ahead, of course; we’ve only looked at a one year period. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 18% in thirty days.
Given that DBA Group didn’t make a profit in the last twelve months, we’ll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
In the last twelve months, DBA Group increased its revenue by 0.02%. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. Given this lacklustre revenue growth, the share price drop of 39% seems pretty appropriate. In a hot market it’s easy to forget growth is the life-blood of a loss making company. So remember, if you buy a profitless company then you risk being a profitless investor.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
While DBA Group shareholders are down 39% for the year, the market itself is up 21%. While the aim is to do better than that, it’s worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 15%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. 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 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with DBA Group (including 1 which is is a bit concerning) .
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on IT exchanges.
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