The Blue Prism Group Share Price Is Down 16% So Some Shareholders Are Getting Worried

It’s nice to see the Blue Prism Group plc (LON:PRSM) share price up 11% in a week. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 16% in the last year, significantly under-performing the market.

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Blue Prism Group isn’t a profitable company, so it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last year Blue Prism Group saw its revenue grow by 125%. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. Given the revenue growth, the share price drop of 16% seems quite harsh. Our sympathies to shareholders who are now underwater. Prima facie, revenue growth like that should be a good thing, so it’s worth checking whether losses have stabilized. Our brains have evolved to think in linear fashion, so there’s value in learning to recognize exponential growth. We are, in some ways, simply the wisest of the monkeys.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

AIM:PRSM Income Statement, March 1st 2019
AIM:PRSM Income Statement, March 1st 2019

It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. If you are thinking of buying or selling Blue Prism Group stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 1.0% in the last year, Blue Prism Group shareholders might be miffed that they lost 16%. While the aim is to do better than that, it’s worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. With the stock down 4.8% over the last three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. If you would like to research Blue Prism Group in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

But note: Blue Prism Group may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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