Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. That downside risk was realized by House of Control Group AS (OB:HOC) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 37%. That's disappointing when you consider the market returned 28%. Because House of Control Group hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. The share price has dropped 46% in three months. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.
After losing 14% this past week, it's worth investigating the company's fundamentals to see what we can infer from past performance.
House of Control Group 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.
In the last twelve months, House of Control Group increased its revenue by 44%. That's definitely a respectable growth rate. Unfortunately that wasn't good enough to stop the share price dropping 37%. You might even wonder if the share price was previously over-hyped. But if revenue keeps growing, then at a certain point the share price would likely follow.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think House of Control Group will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 28% in the last year, House of Control Group shareholders might be miffed that they lost 37%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. It's worth noting that the last three months did the real damage, with a 46% decline. So it seems like some holders have been dumping the stock of late - and that's not bullish. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand House of Control Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for House of Control Group you should be aware of.
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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 NO exchanges.
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