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Shareholders in Vasta Platform (NASDAQ:VSTA) have lost 42%, as stock drops 14% this past week
Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Unfortunately the Vasta Platform Limited (NASDAQ:VSTA) share price slid 42% over twelve months. That contrasts poorly with the market decline of 13%. Because Vasta Platform hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 17% in thirty days.
Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.
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Vasta Platform wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
Vasta Platform grew its revenue by 30% over the last year. That's definitely a respectable growth rate. Unfortunately that wasn't good enough to stop the share price dropping 42%. You might even wonder if the share price was previously over-hyped. But if revenue keeps growing, then at a certain point the share price would likely follow.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Take a more thorough look at Vasta Platform's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
Vasta Platform shareholders are down 42% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 13%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 13% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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 American exchanges.
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Vasta Platform Limited, an education company, provides educational printed and digital solutions to private schools operating in the K-12 education sector in Brazil.
Undervalued with reasonable growth potential.