Some stocks are best avoided. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Imagine if you held Zedcor Energy Inc. (CVE:ZDC) for half a decade as the share price tanked 97%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 41% over the last twelve months. Furthermore, it’s down 43% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.
We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.
Zedcor Energy 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. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over half a decade Zedcor Energy reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 33% for each year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not altogether surprising to see the share price down 52% per year in the same time period. We don’t think this is a particularly promising picture. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time.
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Zedcor Energy’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 5.2% in the last year, Zedcor Energy shareholders lost 41%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 51% doled out over the last five years. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.
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