It’s easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. That downside risk was realized by Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE:NINE) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 20%. That’s disappointing when you consider the market returned 0.9%. Nine Energy Service may have better days ahead, of course; we’ve only looked at a one year period. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 18%. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.
Given that Nine Energy Service 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.
Nine Energy Service grew its revenue by 52% over the last year. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. The share price drop of 20% over twelve months would be considered disappointing by many, so you might argue the company is getting little credit for its impressive revenue growth. On the bright side, if this company is moving profits in the right direction, top-line growth like that could be an opportunity. Our brains have evolved to think in linear fashion, so there’s value in learning to recognize exponential growth. We are, in some ways, simply the wisest of the monkeys.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
Take a more thorough look at Nine Energy Service’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
While Nine Energy Service shareholders are down 20% for the year, the market itself is up 0.9%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 15% 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. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
We will like Nine Energy Service 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 US exchanges.
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