TheWorks.co.uk (LON:WRKS) shareholder returns have been favorable, earning 83% in 1 year

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 22, 2022
LSE:WRKS
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If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the TheWorks.co.uk plc (LON:WRKS) share price is up 83% in the last 1 year, clearly besting the market return of around 7.8% (not including dividends). That's a solid performance by our standards! In contrast, the longer term returns are negative, since the share price is 50% lower than it was three years ago.

On the back of a solid 7-day performance, let's check what role the company's fundamentals have played in driving long term shareholder returns.

View our latest analysis for TheWorks.co.uk

Because TheWorks.co.uk made a loss in the last twelve months, 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. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

TheWorks.co.uk actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 20%. The stock is up 83% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. To us that means that there isn't a lot of correlation between the past revenue performance and the share price, but a closer look at analyst forecasts and the bottom line may well explain a lot.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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LSE:WRKS Earnings and Revenue Growth January 22nd 2022

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think TheWorks.co.uk will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that TheWorks.co.uk rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 83% over the last year. That certainly beats the loss of about 14% per year over three years. It could well be that the business has turned around -- or else regained the confidence of investors. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for TheWorks.co.uk you should know about.

TheWorks.co.uk is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider 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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