Easy Come, Easy Go: How Bengal Energy (TSE:BNG) Shareholders Got Unlucky And Saw 81% Of Their Cash Evaporate

Long term investing works well, but it doesn’t always work for each individual stock. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Bengal Energy Ltd. (TSE:BNG) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 81%. Furthermore, it’s down 18% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.

See our latest analysis for Bengal Energy

Given that Bengal Energy didn’t make a profit in the last twelve months, we’ll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last five years Bengal Energy saw its revenue shrink by 12% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not altogether surprising to see the share price down 28% per year in the same time period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Ironically, that behavior could create an opportunity for the contrarian investor – but only if there are good reasons to predict a brighter future.

TSX:BNG Income Statement, August 16th 2019
TSX:BNG Income Statement, August 16th 2019

Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Bengal Energy shareholders are down 5.3% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 1.2%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. However, the loss over the last year isn’t as bad as the 28% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. Before spending more time on Bengal Energy it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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 CA exchanges.

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