Shareholders Are Raving About How The Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) Share Price Increased 588%

Buying shares in the best businesses can build meaningful wealth for you and your family. And highest quality companies can see their share prices grow by huge amounts. To wit, the Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX:PLS) share price has soared 588% over five years. This just goes to show the value creation that some businesses can achieve. It’s also up 27% in about a month.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

View our latest analysis for Pilbara Minerals

Because Pilbara Minerals made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.

For the last half decade, Pilbara Minerals can boast revenue growth at a rate of 92% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that’s a good result. Arguably, this is well and truly reflected in the strong share price gain of 47%(per year) over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like Pilbara Minerals have been known to go on winning for decades. So we’d recommend you take a closer look at this one, but keep in mind the market seems optimistic.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

ASX:PLS Income Statement, January 9th 2020
ASX:PLS Income Statement, January 9th 2020

Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

Pilbara Minerals shareholders are down 53% for the year, but the market itself is up 23%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 47%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. If you would like to research Pilbara Minerals 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 like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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