Shareholders in Revlon (NYSE:REV) have lost 74%, as stock drops 11% this past week

By
Simply Wall St
Published
April 21, 2022
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Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Anyone who held Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 74% in that time. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 38%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 25% in the last three months.

Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let's investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.

View our latest analysis for Revlon

Because Revlon made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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 five years Revlon saw its revenue shrink by 6.2% per year. That's not what investors generally want to see. If a business loses money, you want it to grow, so no surprises that the share price has dropped 12% each year in that time. We're generally averse to companies with declining revenues, but we're not alone in that. That is not really what the successful investors we know aim for.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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NYSE:REV Earnings and Revenue Growth April 21st 2022

Take a more thorough look at Revlon's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Revlon had a tough year, with a total loss of 38%, against a market gain of about 0.5%. 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 12% 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. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 4 warning signs for Revlon (of which 2 are a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

But note: Revlon may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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