Did You Manage To Avoid Journey Energy’s (TSE:JOY) Devastating 80% Share Price Drop?

Long term investing works well, but it doesn’t always work for each individual stock. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Anyone who held Journey Energy Inc. (TSE:JOY) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 80% in that time. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 19% in the last three months. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

Check out our latest analysis for Journey Energy

Given that Journey 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Over half a decade Journey Energy reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 9.8% for each year. That’s definitely a weaker result than most pre-profit companies report. So it’s not altogether surprising to see the share price down 27% per year in the same time period. We don’t think this is a particularly promising picture. Ironically, that behavior could create an opportunity for the contrarian investor – but only if there are good reasons to predict a brighter future.

TSX:JOY Income Statement, August 13th 2019
TSX:JOY Income Statement, August 13th 2019

This free interactive report on Journey Energy’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between Journey Energy’s total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. The TSR is a return calculation that accounts for the value of cash dividends (assuming that any dividend received was reinvested) and the calculated value of any discounted capital raisings and spin-offs. Journey Energy’s TSR of was a loss of 77% for the 5 years. That wasn’t as bad as its share price return, because it has paid dividends.

A Different Perspective

It’s good to see that Journey Energy has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 41% in the last twelve months. That certainly beats the loss of about 26% 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. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can 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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