Loss-making Sonovia (TLV:SONO) has seen earnings and shareholder returns follow the same downward trajectory over past -24%

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 31, 2021
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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Sonovia Ltd. (TLV:SONO) share price has gained 21% in the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. In fact, the price has declined 24% in a year, falling short of the returns you could get by investing in an index fund.

Although the past week has been more reassuring for shareholders, they're still in the red over the last year, so let's see if the underlying business has been responsible for the decline.

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Given that Sonovia didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

In the last twelve months, Sonovia increased its revenue by 682%. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. The share price drop of 24% over twelve months would be considered disappointing by many, so you might argue the company is getting little credit for its impressive revenue growth. Prima facie, revenue growth like that should be a good thing, so it's worth checking whether losses have stabilized. Our brains have evolved to think in linear fashion, so there's value in learning to recognize exponential growth. We are, in some ways, simply the wisest of the monkeys.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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TASE:SONO Earnings and Revenue Growth December 31st 2021

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A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 42% in the last year, Sonovia shareholders might be miffed that they lost 24%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 21%, in the last ninety days. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Sonovia better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example - Sonovia has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Of course Sonovia may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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

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