It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. For instance the Access Intelligence Plc (LON:ACC) share price is 145% higher than it was three years ago. That sort of return is as solid as granite. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 18% gain in the last three months.
Given that Access Intelligence didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
Access Intelligence's revenue trended up 27% each year over three years. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price performance has been pretty solid at 35% compound over three years. But it does seem like the market is paying attention to strong revenue growth. Nonetheless, we'd say Access Intelligence is still worth investigating - successful businesses can often keep growing for long periods.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Access Intelligence shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 101% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 16% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 3 warning signs with Access Intelligence (at least 1 which is significant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
We will like Access Intelligence better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, 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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