Even the best investor on earth makes unsuccessful investments. But serious investors should think long and hard about avoiding extreme losses. So we hope that those who held SMCP S.A. (EPA:SMCP) during the last year don’t lose the lesson, in addition to the 71% hit to the value of their shares. That’d be enough to make even the strongest stomachs churn. SMCP may have better days ahead, of course; we’ve only looked at a one year period. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 43% in the last three months. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 19% in the same period.
To quote Buffett, ‘Ships will sail around the world but the Flat Earth Society will flourish. There will continue to be wide discrepancies between price and value in the marketplace…’ One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
Even though the SMCP share price is down over the year, its EPS actually improved. Of course, the situation might betray previous over-optimism about growth.
It’s surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. But we might find some different metrics explain the share price movements better.
SMCP managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since we can’t easily explain the share price movement based on these metrics, it might be worth considering how market sentiment has changed towards the stock.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
SMCP is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. You can see what analysts are predicting for SMCP in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
SMCP shareholders are down 71% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 8.9%. That’s disappointing, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn’t have helped. With the stock down 43% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Take risks, for example – SMCP has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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