Further weakness as Damartex (EPA:ALDAR) drops 11% this week, taking five-year losses to 65%
Statistically speaking, long term investing is a profitable endeavour. But no-one is immune from buying too high. To wit, the Damartex (EPA:ALDAR) share price managed to fall 69% over five long years. That's not a lot of fun for true believers. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 36% over the last twelve months. Furthermore, it's down 30% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.
If the past week is anything to go by, investor sentiment for Damartex isn't positive, so let's see if there's a mismatch between fundamentals and the share price.
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Damartex 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 half a decade Damartex reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 0.9% for each year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. With neither profit nor revenue growth, the loss of 11% per year doesn't really surprise us. We don't think anyone is rushing to buy this stock. Not that many investors like to invest in companies that are losing money and not growing revenue.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
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.
What About Dividends?
When looking at investment returns, it is important to consider the difference between total shareholder return (TSR) and share price return. The TSR incorporates the value of any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings, along with any dividends, based on the assumption that the dividends are reinvested. So for companies that pay a generous dividend, the TSR is often a lot higher than the share price return. We note that for Damartex the TSR over the last 5 years was -65%, which is better than the share price return mentioned above. And there's no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!
A Different Perspective
Damartex shareholders are down 35% for the year (even including dividends), but the market itself is up 16%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 11% over the last half decade. 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. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Damartex better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Damartex you should be aware of.
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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 French exchanges.
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Damartex offers clothing and accessories for seniors primarily in France, the Great-Britain, Belgium, and Germany.
Undervalued with moderate growth potential.