As every investor would know, not every swing hits the sweet spot. But really bad investments should be rare. So consider, for a moment, the misfortune of Remote Monitored Systems plc (LON:RMS) investors who have held the stock for three years as it declined a whopping 98%. That’d be enough to cause even the strongest minds some disquiet. The more recent news is of little comfort, with the share price down 22% in a year. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 38% in thirty days.
We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don’t have to lose the lesson.
Because Remote Monitored Systems 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
It’s probably worth noting we’ve seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Remote Monitored Systems’s earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for Remote Monitored Systems shares, which cost holders 22%, while the market was up about 8.0%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, the longer term story isn’t pretty, with investment losses running at 74% per year over three years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.
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