Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. Investors in creditshelf Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:CSQ) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 24%. That’s well bellow the market return of -7.1%. We wouldn’t rush to judgement on creditshelf because we don’t have a long term history to look at. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 11% in the last three months.
Given that creditshelf 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. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In the last year creditshelf saw its revenue grow by 88%. That’s a strong result which is better than most other loss making companies. The share price drop of 24% over twelve months would be considered disappointing by many, so you might argue the company is getting little credit for its impressive revenue growth. Prima facie, revenue growth like that should be a good thing, so it’s worth checking whether losses have stabilized. Our monkey brains haven’t evolved to think exponentially, so humans do tend to underestimate companies that have exponential growth.
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A Different Perspective
We doubt creditshelf shareholders are happy with the loss of 24% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 7.1%. That’s disappointing, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn’t have helped. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 11%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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