Imagine Owning Bialetti Industrie (BIT:BIA) While The Price Tanked 51%

The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But the main game is to find enough winners to more than offset the losers At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Bialetti Industrie S.p.A (BIT:BIA), since the last five years saw the share price fall 51%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 36% over the last twelve months. Furthermore, it’s down 16% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.

See our latest analysis for Bialetti Industrie

Given that Bialetti Industrie 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. 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.

Over half a decade Bialetti Industrie reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 4.1% for each year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. With neither profit nor revenue growth, the loss of 13% per year doesn’t really surprise us. We don’t think anyone is rushing to buy this stock. Not that many investors like to invest in companies that are losing money and not growing revenue.

The image below shows how revenue has tracked over time.

BIT:BIA Income Statement, September 24th 2019
BIT:BIA Income Statement, September 24th 2019

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.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between Bialetti Industrie’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. We note that Bialetti Industrie’s TSR, at -49% is higher than its share price return of -51%. When you consider it hasn’t been paying a dividend, this data suggests shareholders have benefitted from a spin-off, or had the opportunity to acquire attractively priced shares in a discounted capital raising.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 3.9% in the last year, Bialetti Industrie shareholders lost 36%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 13% per year over five years. 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. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: Bialetti Industrie 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).

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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