The worst result, after buying shares in a company (assuming no leverage), would be if you lose all the money you put in. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ:MIME) share price has flown 143% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite. We note the stock price is up 1.6% in the last seven days.
Mimecast isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last 3 years Mimecast saw its revenue grow at 30% per year. That’s well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price performance has been pretty solid at 35% compound over three years. This suggests the market has recognized the progress the business has made, at least to a significant degree. Nonetheless, we’d say Mimecast is still worth investigating – successful businesses can often keep growing for long periods.
It’s probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. You can see what analysts are predicting for Mimecast in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
Mimecast shareholders are down 2.0% for the year, but the broader market is up 4.0%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Investors are up over three years, booking 35% per year, much better than the more recent returns. Sometimes when a good quality long term winner has a weak period, it’s turns out to be an opportunity, but you really need to be sure that the quality is there. 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.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
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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