Investors Who Bought Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings (NYSE:BCRH) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 60%

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:BCRH) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 15% in the last month. But if you look at the last five years the returns have not been good. In fact, the share price is down 60%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.

See our latest analysis for Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good 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.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NYSE:BCRH Income Statement, April 17th 2019
NYSE:BCRH Income Statement, April 17th 2019

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. It’s fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings, it has a TSR of -39% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 8.2% in the last year, Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings shareholders lost 34% (even including dividends). However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 9.4% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Importantly, we haven’t analysed Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings’s dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you’re thinking of buying.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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

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