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Did You Participate In Any Of Pacific Edge's (NZSE:PEB) Incredible 434% Return?

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Active investing isn't easy, but for those that do it, the aim is to find the best companies to buy, and to profit handsomely. When you find (and hold) a big winner, you can markedly improve your finances. For example, Pacific Edge Limited (NZSE:PEB) has generated a beautiful 400% return in just a single year. On top of that, the share price is up 11% in about a quarter. But this could be related to the strong market, which is up 6.2% in the last three months. Also impressive, the stock is up 82% over three years, making long term shareholders happy, too.

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Because Pacific Edge made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last year Pacific Edge saw its revenue grow by 3.0%. That's not great considering the company is losing money. So it's truly surprising that the share price rocketed 400% in a single year. We're happy that investors have made money, but we can't help questioning whether the rise is sustainable. It just goes to show that big money can be made if you buy the right stock early.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NZSE:PEB Earnings and Revenue Growth November 21st 2020

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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Pacific Edge

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Pacific Edge's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. Pacific Edge hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 434% exceeds its share price return of 400%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Pacific Edge shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 434% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 12% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Pacific Edge better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Pacific Edge you should be aware of.

Pacific Edge is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NZ exchanges.

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