As an investor its worth striving to ensure your overall portfolio beats the market average. But its virtually certain that sometimes you will buy stocks that fall short of the market average returns. Unfortunately, that's been the case for longer term Sanistål A/S (CPH:SANI) shareholders, since the share price is down 39% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return of around 51%. Unhappily, the share price slid 1.8% in the last week.
Sanistål wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. 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 the last three years, Sanistål's revenue dropped 3.8% per year. That is not a good result. The stock has disappointed holders over the last three years, falling 12%, annualized. That makes sense given the lack of either profits or revenue growth. Of course, sentiment could become too negative, and the company may actually be making progress to profitability.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
This free interactive report on Sanistål's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Sanistål shareholders are down 11% for the year, but the market itself is up 28%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 2.7% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Sanistål better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Sanistål you should know about.
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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 DK exchanges.
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