Did LiveHire’s (ASX:LVH) Share Price Deserve to Gain 92%?

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Some LiveHire Limited (ASX:LVH) shareholders are probably rather concerned to see the share price fall 33% over the last three months. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been pleasing. In fact, the company’s share price bested the return of its market index in that time, posting a gain of 92%.

See our latest analysis for LiveHire

LiveHire isn’t a profitable company, so it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. 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.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

ASX:LVH Income Statement, June 26th 2019
ASX:LVH Income Statement, June 26th 2019

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

A Different Perspective

LiveHire shareholders are down 38% for the year, but the broader market is up 12%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Fortunately the longer term story is brighter, with total returns averaging about 24% per year over three years. The recent sell-off could be an opportunity if the business remains sound, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long-term growth trend. If you would like to research LiveHire in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will 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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