The one-year decline in earnings for ReadyTech Holdings ASX:RDY) isn't encouraging, but shareholders are still up 84% over that period

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 24, 2021
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It's been a soft week for ReadyTech Holdings Limited (ASX:RDY) shares, which are down 10%. But that doesn't change the reality that over twelve months the stock has done really well. To wit, it had solidly beat the market, up 84%.

While the stock has fallen 10% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

See our latest analysis for ReadyTech Holdings

We don't think that ReadyTech Holdings' modest trailing twelve month profit has the market's full attention at the moment. We think revenue is probably a better guide. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.

ReadyTech Holdings grew its revenue by 27% last year. We respect that sort of growth, no doubt. Buyers pushed the share price 84% in response, which isn't unreasonable. If revenue stays on trend, there may be plenty more share price gains to come. But before deciding this growth stock is underappreciated, you might want to check out profitability trends (and cash flow)

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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ASX:RDY Earnings and Revenue Growth November 25th 2021

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling ReadyTech Holdings stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that ReadyTech Holdings shareholders have gained 84% over the last year. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 18% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand ReadyTech Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that ReadyTech Holdings is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

ReadyTech Holdings is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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