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Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Freelancer Limited (ASX:FLN) share price is up 76% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around 6.5% (not including dividends). That’s a solid performance by our standards! On the other hand, longer term shareholders have had a tougher run, with the stock falling 47% in three years.
Given that Freelancer 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 it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
In the last year Freelancer saw its revenue grow by 3.1%. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. In keeping with the revenue growth, the share price gained 76% in that time. That’s not a standout result, but it is solid – much like the level of revenue growth. Given the market doesn’t seem too excited about the stock, a closer look at the financial data could pay off, if you can find indications of a stronger growth trend in the future.
Depicted in the graphic below, you’ll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
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A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Freelancer shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 76% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 4.0% per year over the last half decade. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. Before spending more time on Freelancer it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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