Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean you should hold every stock forever. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Imagine if you held IGas Energy plc (LON:IGAS) for half a decade as the share price tanked 96%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 60%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 26% in the last three months.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.
Given that IGas Energy 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last five years IGas Energy saw its revenue shrink by 11% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not altogether surprising to see the share price down 49% per year in the same time period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.
You can see below how revenue has changed over time.
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A Different Perspective
IGas Energy shareholders are down 60% for the year, but the market itself is up 12%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 49% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. You could get a better understanding of IGas Energy’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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 GB exchanges.
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