Statistically speaking, long term investing is a profitable endeavour. But that doesn’t mean long term investors can avoid big losses. Zooming in on an example, the Touchstar plc (LON:TST) share price dropped 54% in the last half decade. That is extremely sub-optimal, to say the least.
Because Touchstar is loss-making, 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. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over half a decade Touchstar reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 6.4% for each year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. The share price decline of 14% compound, over five years, is understandable given the company is losing money, and revenue is moving in the wrong direction. We don’t think anyone is rushing to buy this stock. Not that many investors like to invest in companies that are losing money and not growing revenue.
The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Touchstar shareholders are down 12% for the year, but the market itself is up 12%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 14% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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 GB exchanges.
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