Imagine Owning Prismaflex International (EPA:ALPRI) And Trying To Stomach The 80% Share Price Drop

Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean you should hold every stock forever. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Spare a thought for those who held Prismaflex International, S.A. (EPA:ALPRI) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 80%. And it’s not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 75% in the last year. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 53% in the last 90 days.

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

View our latest analysis for Prismaflex International

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it’s a weighing machine. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company’s share price and its earnings per share (EPS).

During five years of share price growth, Prismaflex International moved from a loss to profitability. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

The revenue decline of 0.9% isn’t too bad. But if the market expected durable top line growth, then that could explain the share price weakness.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

ENXTPA:ALPRI Income Statement, March 18th 2019
ENXTPA:ALPRI Income Statement, March 18th 2019

It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Prismaflex International will earn in the future (free profit forecasts)

A Different Perspective

Investors in Prismaflex International had a tough year, with a total loss of 75%, against a market gain of about 5.8%. 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 28% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett 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 businesses. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course Prismaflex International may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.

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