Some stocks are best avoided. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Spare a thought for those who held GAM Holding AG (VTX:GAM) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 88%. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 48% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 23% in the last three months.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
GAM Holding has made a profit in the past. On the other hand, it reported a trailing twelve months loss, suggesting it isn’t reliably profitable. Other metrics might give us a better handle on how its value is changing over time.
It could be that the revenue decline of 13% per year is viewed as evidence that GAM Holding is shrinking. That could explain the weak share price.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Take a more thorough look at GAM Holding’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
Investors in GAM Holding had a tough year, with a total loss of 48%, against a market gain of about 6.7%. 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 13% over the last half decade. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should “buy when there is blood on the streets”, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we’ve spotted with GAM Holding .
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