Unless you borrow money to invest, the potential losses are limited. But if you pick the right stock, you can make a lot more than 100%. Take, for example IDFC Limited (NSE:IDFC). Its share price is already up an impressive 177% in the last twelve months. Unfortunately, though, the stock has dropped 5.1% over a week. This could be related to the recent financial results, released recently -- you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report. However, the stock hasn't done so well in the longer term, with the stock only up 11% in three years.
IDFC wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
IDFC grew its revenue by 24% last year. We respect that sort of growth, no doubt. The revenue growth is decent but the share price had an even better year, gaining 177%. Given that the business has made good progress on the top line, it would be worth taking a look at its path to profitability. But investors need to be wary of how the 'fear of missing out' could influence them to buy without doing thorough research.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
If you are thinking of buying or selling IDFC stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that IDFC shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 177% over the last year. That's including the dividend. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 5% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with IDFC (including 1 which is concerning) .
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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 IN exchanges.
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