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WidePoint Corporation (NYSEMKT:WYY) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 19% in the last month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been disappointing. In fact, the share price has declined rather badly, down some 67% in that time. So we’re hesitant to put much weight behind the short term increase. Of course, this could be the start of a turnaround.
Because WidePoint is loss-making, 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last half decade, WidePoint saw its revenue increase by 10% per year. That’s a pretty good rate for a long time period. The share price, meanwhile, has fallen 20% compounded, over five years. That suggests the market is disappointed with the current growth rate. A pessimistic market can create opportunities.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
This free interactive report on WidePoint’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Investors in WidePoint had a tough year, with a total loss of 1.0%, against a market gain of about 3.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 20% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
Of course WidePoint may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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