Unfortunately, investing is risky - companies can and do go bankrupt. But if you pick the right stock, you can make a lot more than 100%. For example, the Balta Group NV (EBR:BALTA) share price has soared 176% in the last year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! In the last week the share price is up 3.6%. In contrast, the longer term returns are negative, since the share price is 58% lower than it was three years ago.
Balta Group isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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.
Balta Group actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 16%. We're a little surprised to see the share price pop 176% in the last year. It just goes to show the market doesn't always pay attention to the reported numbers. It's quite likely the revenue fall was already priced in, anyway.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Balta Group rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 176% over the last year. This recent result is much better than the 16% drop suffered by shareholders each year (on average) over the last three. We're generally cautious about putting too much weigh on shorter term data, but the recent improvement is definitely a positive. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Balta Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with Balta Group (at least 1 which is potentially serious) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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 BE exchanges.
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