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West Wits Mining Limited (ASX:WWI) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 38% in the last week. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. In fact, the price has declined 45% in a year, falling short of the returns you could get by investing in an index fund.
Because West Wits Mining is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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 year West Wits Mining saw its revenue grow by 1463%. That’s a strong result which is better than most other loss making companies. Given the revenue growth, the share price drop of 45% seems quite harsh. Our sympathies to shareholders who are now underwater. On the bright side, if this company is moving profits in the right direction, top-line growth like that could be an opportunity. Our brains have evolved to think in linear fashion, so there’s value in learning to recognize exponential growth. We are, in some ways, simply the wisest of the monkeys.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Take a more thorough look at West Wits Mining’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
West Wits Mining shareholders are down 45% for the year, but the market itself is up 7.9%. 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 6.7% over the last half decade. 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. If you would like to research West Wits Mining in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.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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