Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market - but in the process, they risk under-performance. Unfortunately the Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings PLC (LON:IDH) share price slid 13% over twelve months. That's well below the market return of 22%. However, the longer term returns haven't been so bad, with the stock down 5.4% in the last three years.
We don't think that Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings' modest trailing twelve month profit has the market's full attention at the moment. We think revenue is probably a better guide. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. For shareholders to have confidence a company will grow profits significantly, it must grow revenue.
Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings' revenue didn't grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 12%. That's not what investors generally want to see. Shareholders have seen the share price drop 13% in that time. That seems pretty reasonable given the lack of both profits and revenue growth. It's hard to escape the conclusion that buyers must envision either growth down the track, cost cutting, or both.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 22% in the last year, Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings shareholders lost 12% (even including dividends). 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 0.8% 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 Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings .
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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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