The one-year decline in earnings might be taking its toll on HK Asia Holdings (HKG:1723) shareholders as stock falls 12% over the past week

Simply Wall St
January 12, 2022
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The HK Asia Holdings Limited (HKG:1723) share price has had a bad week, falling 12%. While that might be a setback, it doesn't negate the nice returns received over the last twelve months. Looking at the full year, the company has easily bested an index fund by gaining 45%.

Since the long term performance has been good but there's been a recent pullback of 12%, let's check if the fundamentals match the share price.

View our latest analysis for HK Asia Holdings

We don't think that HK Asia Holdings' modest trailing twelve month profit has the market's full attention at the moment. We think revenue is probably a better guide. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. For shareholders to have confidence a company will grow profits significantly, it must grow revenue.

HK Asia Holdings actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 17%. Despite the lack of revenue growth, the stock has returned a solid 45% the last twelve months. We can correlate the share price rise with revenue or profit growth, but it seems the market had previously expected weaker results, and sentiment around the stock is improving.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

SEHK:1723 Earnings and Revenue Growth January 12th 2022

It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of HK Asia Holdings' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that HK Asia Holdings rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 45% over the last year. This recent result is much better than the 0.8% drop suffered by shareholders each year (on average) over the last three. The optimist would say this is evidence that the stock has bottomed, and better days lie ahead. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand HK Asia Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example - HK Asia Holdings has 4 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

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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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