The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But on a lighter note, a good company can see its share price rise well over 100%. For example, the MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE:MXL) share price has soared 215% in the last half decade. Most would be very happy with that. It’s also up 11% in about a month.
MaxLinear 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last 5 years MaxLinear saw its revenue grow at 18% per year. That’s well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, its share price performance certainly reflects the strong growth, given the share price grew at 26% per year, compound, during the period. So it seems likely that buyers have paid attention to the strong revenue growth. MaxLinear seems like a high growth stock – so growth investors might want to add it to their watchlist.
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that MaxLinear has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 23% in the last twelve months. However, that falls short of the 26% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. If you would like to research MaxLinear in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
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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