If You Had Bought TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi (BIT:TAS) Shares Three Years Ago You’d Have Made 452%

Investing can be hard but the potential fo an individual stock to pay off big time inspires us. But when you hold the right stock for the right time period, the rewards can be truly huge. One such superstar is TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi S.p.A. (BIT:TAS), which saw its share price soar 452% in three years. Meanwhile the share price is 2.0% higher than it was a week ago.

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See our latest analysis for TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi

Because TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi is loss-making, 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. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Over the last three years TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi has grown its revenue at 7.4% annually. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. Therefore, we’re a little surprised to see the share price gain has been so strong, at 77% per year, compound, over three years. A win is a win, even if the revenue growth doesn’t really explain it, in our view). Shareholders would want to be sure that the share price rise is sustainable.

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.

BIT:TAS Income Statement, May 23rd 2019
BIT:TAS Income Statement, May 23rd 2019

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A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 5.1% in the twelve months, TAS Tecnologia Avanzata dei Sistemi shareholders did even worse, losing 17%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 41%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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 IT exchanges.

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