DUG Technology Ltd (ASX:DUG) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 20% in the last month. But in truth the last year hasn't been good for the share price. In fact the stock is down 44% in the last year, well below the market return.
On a more encouraging note the company has added US$9.4m to its market cap in just the last 7 days, so let's see if we can determine what's driven the one-year loss for shareholders.
Given that DUG Technology 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
DUG Technology's revenue didn't grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 15%. That's not what investors generally want to see. The stock price has languished lately, falling 44% in a year. That seems pretty reasonable given the lack of both profits and revenue growth. It's hard to escape the conclusion that buyers must envision either growth down the track, cost cutting, or both.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. You can see what analysts are predicting for DUG Technology in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
While DUG Technology shareholders are down 44% for the year, the market itself is up 16%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 27% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand DUG Technology better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for DUG Technology you should know about.
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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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