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Starcom plc (LON:STAR) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 19% 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. Five years have seen the share price descend precipitously, down a full 89%. So we don’t gain too much confidence from the recent recovery. The million dollar question is whether the company can justify a long term recovery.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.
Starcom isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last half decade, Starcom saw its revenue increase by 2.9% per year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. It’s not so sure that share price crash of 35% per year is completely deserved, but the market is doubtless disappointed. We’d be pretty cautious about this one, although the sell-off may be too severe. A company like this generally needs to produce profits before it can find favour with new investors.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
Balance sheet strength is crucual. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 0.5% in the twelve months, Starcom shareholders did even worse, losing 42%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 35% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett 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 businesses. You could get a better understanding of Starcom’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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