Some stocks are best avoided. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Spare a thought for those who held Sierra Wireless, Inc. (TSE:SW) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 79%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 47%. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 32% in thirty days. But this could be related to poor market conditions — stocks are down 19% in the same time.
Sierra Wireless wasn’t profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In the last half decade, Sierra Wireless saw its revenue increase by 6.8% per year. That’s a fairly respectable growth rate. So the stock price fall of 27% per year seems pretty steep. The truth is that the growth might be below expectations, and investors are probably worried about the continual losses.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. You can see what analysts are predicting for Sierra Wireless in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that Sierra Wireless shareholders are down 47% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 13%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 27% per year over five years. 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. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Sierra Wireless you should know about.
Sierra Wireless is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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