If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the i.century Holding Limited (HKG:8507) share price is up 16% in the last year, clearly besting the market return of around -0.4% (not including dividends). That’s a solid performance by our standards! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.
i.century Holding 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. 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.
i.century Holding actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 5.9%. The stock is up 16% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. We can correlate the share price rise with revenue or profit growth, but it seems the market had previously expected weaker results, and sentiment around the stock is improving.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
i.century Holding boasts a total shareholder return of 16% for the last year. And the share price momentum remains respectable, with a gain of 13% in the last three months. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. 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 5 warning signs we’ve spotted with i.century Holding (including 3 which is shouldn’t be ignored) .
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Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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