Redbubble (ASX:RBL) adds AU$17m to market cap in the past 7 days, though investors from a year ago are still down 72%
This week we saw the Redbubble Limited (ASX:RBL) share price climb by 13%. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been stomach churning. Specifically, the stock price nose-dived 72% in that time. Arguably, the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. The real question is whether the company can turn around its fortunes.
While the stock has risen 13% in the past week but long term shareholders are still in the red, let's see what the fundamentals can tell us.
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Because Redbubble made a loss in the last twelve months, 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. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Redbubble's revenue didn't grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 13%. That looks pretty grim, at a glance. The market obviously agrees, since the share price tanked 72%. That's a stern reminder that profitless companies need to grow the top line, at the very least. But markets do over-react, so there opportunity for investors who are willing to take the time to dig deeper and understand the business.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. If you are thinking of buying or selling Redbubble stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Redbubble had a tough year, with a total loss of 72%, against a market gain of about 7.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 11% per year over five years. 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 Redbubble .
Redbubble is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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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Redbubble Limited operates as an online marketplace that facilitates the sale of art and design products.
Good value with adequate balance sheet.