BSM Technologies Inc. (TSE:GPS) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 18% in the last quarter. But that can’t change the reality that over the longer term (five years), the returns have been really quite dismal. The share price has failed to impress anyone , down a sizable 62% during that time. So we’re not so sure if the recent bounce should be celebrated. Of course, this could be the start of a turnaround.
Because BSM Technologies is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.
In the last half decade, BSM Technologies saw its revenue increase by 21% per year. That’s better than most loss-making companies. In contrast, the share price is has averaged a loss of 17% per year – that’s quite disappointing. It’s safe to say investor expectations are more grounded now. Given the revenue growth we’d consider the stock to be quite an interesting prospect if the company has a clear path to profitability.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Balance sheet strength is crucual. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 4.9% in the last year, BSM Technologies shareholders lost 32%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 17% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Before spending more time on BSM Technologies it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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