Imagine Owning Buru Energy (ASX:BRU) While The Price Tanked 56%

Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But no-one is immune from buying too high. To wit, the Buru Energy Limited (ASX:BRU) share price managed to fall 56% over five long years. That’s an unpleasant experience for long term holders. Furthermore, it’s down 36% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.

View 4 warning signs we detected for Buru Energy

Buru Energy isn’t a profitable company, so 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

ASX:BRU Income Statement, December 20th 2019
ASX:BRU Income Statement, December 20th 2019

You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between Buru Energy’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 Buru Energy’s TSR, at -54% is higher than its share price return of -56%. 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 29% in the last year, Buru Energy shareholders lost 14%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. However, the loss over the last year isn’t as bad as the 15% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. You could get a better understanding of Buru Energy’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like Buru Energy better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.

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