Those Who Purchased Ceres Global Ag (TSE:CRP) Shares Five Years Ago Have A 37% Loss To Show For It

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For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn’t blame long term Ceres Global Ag Corp. (TSE:CRP) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 37% over a half decade. It’s up 4.4% in the last seven days.

See our latest analysis for Ceres Global Ag

Ceres Global Ag 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Over five years, Ceres Global Ag grew its revenue at 21% per year. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. Shareholders are no doubt disappointed with the loss of 8.9%, each year, in that time. You could say that the market has been harsh, given the top line growth. If that’s the case, now might be the smart time to take a close look at it.

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.

TSX:CRP Income Statement, June 6th 2019
TSX:CRP Income Statement, June 6th 2019

Take a more thorough look at Ceres Global Ag’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Ceres Global Ag shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 4.9% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 8.9% per year over the last half decade. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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 CA exchanges.

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