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MIDI (MTSE:MDI) Share Prices Have Dropped 50% In The Last Year

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The nature of investing is that you win some, and you lose some. And there's no doubt that MIDI p.l.c. (MTSE:MDI) stock has had a really bad year. In that relatively short period, the share price has plunged 50%. Longer term shareholders haven't suffered as badly, since the stock is down a comparatively less painful 5.0% in three years. Furthermore, it's down 13% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

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To paraphrase Benjamin Graham: Over the short term the market is a voting machine, but over the long term it's a weighing machine. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the unfortunate twelve months during which the MIDI share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 3.0%. It's quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.

By glancing at these numbers, we'd posit that the the market had expectations of much higher growth, last year. But other metrics might shed some light on why the share price is down.

On the other hand, we're certainly perturbed by the 28% decline in MIDI's revenue. If the market sees the weak revenue as jeopardising EPS, that could explain the lower share price.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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MTSE:MDI Earnings and Revenue Growth November 20th 2020

You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 23% in the twelve months, MIDI shareholders did even worse, losing 50%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 1.0% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand MIDI better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that MIDI is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable...

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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 MT exchanges.

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