Did Changing Sentiment Drive MPC Container Ships’s (OB:MPCC) Share Price Down A Worrying 52%?

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Investing in stocks comes with the risk that the share price will fall. And there’s no doubt that MPC Container Ships ASA (OB:MPCC) stock has had a really bad year. The share price is down a hefty 52% in that time. MPC Container Ships may have better days ahead, of course; we’ve only looked at a one year period.

See our latest analysis for MPC Container Ships

MPC Container Ships isn’t a profitable company, so 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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.

In the last twelve months, MPC Container Ships increased its revenue by 312%. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price slid 52%. This could mean hype has come out of the stock because the bottom line is concerning investors. We’d definitely consider it a positive if the company is trending towards profitability. If you can see that happening, then perhaps consider adding this stock to your watchlist.

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

OB:MPCC Income Statement, June 13th 2019
OB:MPCC Income Statement, June 13th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

We doubt MPC Container Ships shareholders are happy with the loss of 52% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 5.3%. There’s no doubt that’s a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 12%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we’d remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of MPC Container Ships by clicking this link.

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