If You Had Bought Chant West Holdings (ASX:CWL) Stock Three Years Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 76% Loss, Today

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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Chant West Holdings Limited (ASX:CWL) share price has gained 15% in the last three months. But only the myopic could ignore the astounding decline over three years. To wit, the share price sky-dived 76% in that time. So it sure is nice to see a big of an improvement. Of course the real question is whether the business can sustain a turnaround.

View our latest analysis for Chant West Holdings

Chant West Holdings isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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.

Over three years, Chant West Holdings grew revenue at 18% per year. That’s a fairly respectable growth rate. So it seems unlikely the 38% share price drop (each year) is entirely about the revenue. It could be that the losses were much larger than expected. This is exactly why investors need to diversify – even when a loss making company grows revenue, it can fail to deliver for shareholders.

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.

ASX:CWL Income Statement, April 30th 2019
ASX:CWL Income Statement, April 30th 2019

This free interactive report on Chant West Holdings’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Chant West Holdings rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 62% over the last year. This recent result is much better than the 38% drop suffered by shareholders each year (on average) over the last three. The optimist would say this is evidence that the stock has bottomed, and better days lie ahead. 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 AU exchanges.

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