The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. Long term IceCure Medical Ltd (TLV:ICCM) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 229% in five years. And in the last week the share price has popped 17%.
After a strong gain in the past week, it's worth seeing if longer term returns have been driven by improving fundamentals.
Because IceCure Medical made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
For the last half decade, IceCure Medical can boast revenue growth at a rate of 44% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, its share price performance certainly reflects the strong growth, given the share price grew at 27% per year, compound, during the period. This suggests the market has well and truly recognized the progress the business has made. IceCure Medical seems like a high growth stock - so growth investors might want to add it to their watchlist.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
This free interactive report on IceCure Medical's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there's a difference between IceCure Medical's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. IceCure Medical hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 241% exceeds its share price return of 229%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.
A Different Perspective
IceCure Medical shareholders are down 70% for the year, but the market itself is up 35%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 28%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand IceCure Medical better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we've identified 5 warning signs for IceCure Medical (1 is a bit unpleasant) that you should be aware of.
We will like IceCure Medical 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 IL exchanges.
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