If You Had Bought San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong (HKG:236) Stock Five Years Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 12% Loss, Today

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Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn’t blame long term San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong Limited (HKG:236) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 12% over a half decade. It’s up 1.7% in the last seven days.

See our latest analysis for San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong

San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

In the last five years San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong saw its revenue shrink by 5.7% per year. That’s not what investors generally want to see. The share price decline at a rate of 2.5% per year is disappointing. But it doesn’t surprise given the falling revenue. It might be worth watching for signs of a turnaround – buyers are probably expecting one.

SEHK:236 Income Statement, July 10th 2019
SEHK:236 Income Statement, July 10th 2019

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

We regret to report that San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong shareholders are down 4.8% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 3.5%. 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 2.3% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong 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 HK exchanges.

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