When you buy shares in a company, there is always a risk that the price drops to zero. But if you pick the right business to buy shares in, you can make more than you can lose. For example, the Wilhelmina International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WHLM) share price has soared 220% return in just a single year. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 140% gain in the last three months. Looking back further, the stock price is 49% higher than it was three years ago.
Wilhelmina International isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last year Wilhelmina International saw its revenue shrink by 45%. So we would not have expected the share price to rise 220%. It just goes to show the market doesn't always pay attention to the reported numbers. It's quite likely the revenue fall was already priced in, anyway.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Wilhelmina International's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Wilhelmina International shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 220% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 9% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Wilhelmina International better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Wilhelmina International is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is concerning...
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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 US exchanges.
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