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Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean you should hold every stock forever. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Imagine if you held Siem Offshore Inc. (OB:SIOFF) for half a decade as the share price tanked 83%. Furthermore, it’s down 11% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders. Of course, this share price action may well have been influenced by the 4.7% decline in the broader market, throughout the period.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn’t as important as health and happiness.
Because Siem Offshore is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good 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 half a decade Siem Offshore reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 6.2% for each year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. If a business loses money, you want it to grow, so no surprises that the share price has dropped 29% each year in that time. We’re generally averse to companies with declining revenues, but we’re not alone in that. Fear of becoming a ‘bagholder’ may be keeping people away from this stock.
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
While the broader market lost about 1.5% in the twelve months, Siem Offshore shareholders did even worse, losing 20%. 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. However, the loss over the last year isn’t as bad as the 29% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. You could get a better understanding of Siem Offshore’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Of course Siem Offshore may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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