8common Limited (ASX:8CO) shareholders might be rather concerned because the share price has dropped 35% in the last month. On the other hand, over the last twelve months the stock has delivered rather impressive returns. Indeed, the share price is up an impressive 129% in that time. So it may be that the share price is simply cooling off after a strong rise. Investors should be wondering whether the business itself has the fundamental value required to continue to drive gains.
8common isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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.
Over the last twelve months, 8common’s revenue grew by 11%. That’s not great considering the company is losing money. So we wouldn’t have expected the share price to rise by 129%. We’re happy that investors have made money, though we wonder if the increase will be sustained. We’re not so sure that revenue growth is driving the market optimism about the stock.
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on 8common’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there’s a difference between 8common’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we’ve covered above. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. 8common hasn’t been paying dividends, but its TSR of 129% exceeds its share price return of 129%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.
A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that 8common shareholders have gained 129% (in total) over the last year. That certainly beats the loss of about 11% per year over three years. We’re generally cautious about putting too much weigh on shorter term data, but the recent improvement is definitely a positive. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
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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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