If You Had Bought Pires Investments (LON:PIRI) Stock Five Years Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 80% Loss, Today

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Pires Investments plc (LON:PIRI) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 11% in the last month. But will that repair the damage for the weary investors who have owned this stock as it declined over half a decade? Probably not. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 80% in that time. It’s true that the recent bounce could signal the company is turning over a new leaf, but we are not so sure. The real question is whether the business can leave its past behind and improve itself over the years ahead.

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There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Pires Investments became profitable within the last five years. Most would consider that to be a good thing, so it’s counter-intuitive to see the share price declining. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

Arguably, the revenue drop of 43% a year for half a decade suggests that the company can’t grow in the long term. That could explain the weak share price.

AIM:PIRI Income Statement, July 19th 2019
AIM:PIRI Income Statement, July 19th 2019

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A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Pires Investments shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 4.2% over the last year. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 28% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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 GB exchanges.

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