It’s nice to see the Kernex Microsystems (India) Limited (NSE:KERNEX) share price up 17% in a week. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 34% in the last year, significantly under-performing the market.
Because Kernex Microsystems (India) is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last twelve months, Kernex Microsystems (India) increased its revenue by 8.2%. While that may seem decent it isn’t great considering the company is still making a loss. Given this fairly low revenue growth (and lack of profits), it’s not particularly surprising to see the stock down 34% in a year. It’s important not to lose sight of the fact that profitless companies must grow. But if you buy a loss making company then you could become a loss making investor.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Kernex Microsystems (India) shareholders are down 34% for the year, but the market itself is up 3.9%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 7.5% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
We will like Kernex Microsystems (India) 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 IN exchanges.
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