Redcentric plc (LON:RCN) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 16% in the last month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been less than pleasing. In fact, the share price is down 26%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.
Redcentric wasn’t profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on Redcentric’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
What About Dividends?
It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of Redcentric, it has a TSR of -21% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Redcentric has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 25% in the last twelve months. And that does include the dividend. There’s no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 4.7% per year over five years. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. 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, 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 GB exchanges.
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