Investors Who Bought First Copper Technology (TPE:2009) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Up 23%

Low-cost index funds make it easy to achieve average market returns. But if you invest in individual stocks, some are likely to underperform. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the First Copper Technology Co., Ltd. (TPE:2009) share price is up 23% in the last three years, that falls short of the market return. Zooming in, the stock is actually down 2.0% in the last year.

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Given that First Copper Technology didn’t make a profit in the last twelve months, we’ll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last 3 years First Copper Technology saw its revenue grow at 4.0% per year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. The market doesn’t seem too pleased with the revenue growth rate, given the modest 7.2% annual share price gain over three years. A closer look at the revenue and profit trends could uncover help us understand if the company will be profitable in the future.

The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

TSEC:2009 Income Statement, December 19th 2019
TSEC:2009 Income Statement, December 19th 2019

Take a more thorough look at First Copper Technology’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We’d be remiss not to mention the difference between First Copper Technology’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. Dividends have been really beneficial for First Copper Technology shareholders, and that cash payout contributed to why its TSR of 23%, over the last 3 years, is better than the share price return.

A Different Perspective

Investors in First Copper Technology had a tough year, with a total loss of 2.0%, against a market gain of about 28%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 0.2% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like First Copper Technology better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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

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