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Facilities by ADF (LON:ADF) shareholders are up 14% this past week, but still in the red over the last year

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Facilities by ADF plc (LON:ADF) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 14% in the last week. But that doesn't change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. After all, the share price is down 13% in the last year, significantly under-performing the market.

The recent uptick of 14% could be a positive sign of things to come, so let's take a look at historical fundamentals.

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Given that Facilities by ADF only made minimal earnings in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue to gauge its business development. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.

In the last twelve months, Facilities by ADF increased its revenue by 62%. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Given the revenue growth, the share price drop of 13% seems quite harsh. Our sympathies to shareholders who are now underwater. On the bright side, if this company is moving profits in the right direction, top-line growth like that could be an opportunity. Our monkey brains haven't evolved to think exponentially, so humans do tend to underestimate companies that have exponential growth.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

AIM:ADF Earnings and Revenue Growth March 18th 2023

We know that Facilities by ADF has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? You can see what analysts are predicting for Facilities by ADF in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

We doubt Facilities by ADF shareholders are happy with the loss of 12% over twelve months (even including dividends). That falls short of the market, which lost 2.9%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 0.8%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 5 warning signs we've spotted with Facilities by ADF .

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on British exchanges.

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