Shareholders in Drive Shack (NYSE:DS) are in the red if they invested three years ago

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 21, 2022
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If you are building a properly diversified stock portfolio, the chances are some of your picks will perform badly. But the long term shareholders of Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE:DS) have had an unfortunate run in the last three years. Regrettably, they have had to cope with a 70% drop in the share price over that period. And over the last year the share price fell 45%, so we doubt many shareholders are delighted. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 49% in the last three months.

So let's have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

View our latest analysis for Drive Shack

Given that Drive Shack 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Over the last three years, Drive Shack's revenue dropped 9.4% per year. That's not what investors generally want to see. The share price decline of 19% compound, over three years, is understandable given the company doesn't have profits to boast of, and revenue is moving in the wrong direction. Of course, it's the future that will determine whether today's price is a good one. We'd be pretty wary of this one until it makes a profit, because we don't specialize in finding turnaround situations.

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

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NYSE:DS Earnings and Revenue Growth January 21st 2022

This free interactive report on Drive Shack's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Drive Shack shareholders are down 45% for the year, but the market itself is up 8.1%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 11% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example - Drive Shack has 5 warning signs (and 2 which make us uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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