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Strong week for Pierce Group (STO:PIERCE) shareholders doesn't alleviate pain of one-year loss
It's nice to see the Pierce Group AB (publ) (STO:PIERCE) share price up 10% in a week. But that's small comfort given the dismal price performance over the last year. Like a receding glacier in a warming world, the share price has melted 69% in that period. It's not that amazing to see a bounce after a drop like that. It may be that the fall was an overreaction.
While the last year has been tough for Pierce Group shareholders, this past week has shown signs of promise. So let's look at the longer term fundamentals and see if they've been the driver of the negative returns.
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Pierce Group isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last twelve months, Pierce Group increased its revenue by 4.8%. While that may seem decent it isn't great considering the company is still making a loss. It's likely this muted growth has contributed to the share price decline of 69% in the last year. Like many holders, we really want to see better revenue growth in companies that lose money. Of course, the market can be too impatient at times. Why not take a closer look at this one so you're ready to pounce if growth does accelerate.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
Take a more thorough look at Pierce Group's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
What About The Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there's a difference between Pierce Group's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Pierce Group hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of -62% exceeds its share price return of -69%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.
A Different Perspective
We doubt Pierce Group shareholders are happy with the loss of 62% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 8.2%. There's no doubt that's a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. With the stock down 3.1% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Pierce Group (including 1 which is potentially serious) .
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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 Swedish exchanges.
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Pierce Group Ab (publ), an e-commerce company, engages in the sale of motorcycle, gears, parts, and accessories.
Adequate balance sheet with moderate growth potential.