Earnings are growing at JS Global Lifestyle (HKG:1691) but shareholders still don't like its prospects

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 15, 2022
SEHK:1691
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The nature of investing is that you win some, and you lose some. And there's no doubt that JS Global Lifestyle Company Limited (HKG:1691) stock has had a really bad year. The share price has slid 69% in that time. JS Global Lifestyle hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 51% in the last three months.

Since JS Global Lifestyle has shed US$2.4b from its value in the past 7 days, let's see if the longer term decline has been driven by the business' economics.

Check out our latest analysis for JS Global Lifestyle

To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the unfortunate twelve months during which the JS Global Lifestyle share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 236%. It's quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.

It's fair to say that the share price does not seem to be reflecting the EPS growth. So it's well worth checking out some other metrics, too.

We don't see any weakness in the JS Global Lifestyle's dividend so the steady payout can't really explain the share price drop. From what we can see, revenue is pretty flat, so that doesn't really explain the share price drop. Of course, it could simply be that it simply fell short of the market consensus expectations.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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SEHK:1691 Earnings and Revenue Growth March 15th 2022

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling JS Global Lifestyle stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

JS Global Lifestyle shareholders are down 69% for the year (even including dividends), even worse than the market loss of 22%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 51% 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. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand JS Global Lifestyle better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for JS Global Lifestyle that you should be aware of before investing here.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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

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