The QAD (NASDAQ:QADA) Share Price Has Gained 147%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?

The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term QAD Inc. (NASDAQ:QADA) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 147% in five years. In more good news, the share price has risen -0.6% in thirty days. This could be related to the recent financial results that were recently released – you could check the most recent data by reading our company report.

See our latest analysis for QAD

QAD 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. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

In the last 5 years QAD saw its revenue grow at 3.2% per year. Put simply, that growth rate fails to impress. So we wouldn’t have expected to see the share price to have lifted 20% for each year during that time, but that’s what happened. Shareholders should be pretty happy with that, although interested investors might want to examine the financial data more closely to see if the gains are really justified. It may be that the market is pretty optimistic about QAD.

The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below.

NasdaqGS:QADA Income Statement, October 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:QADA Income Statement, October 2nd 2019

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized 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. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. Arguably, the TSR gives a more comprehensive picture of the return generated by a stock. In the case of QAD, it has a TSR of 159% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. And there’s no prize for guessing that the dividend payments largely explain the divergence!

A Different Perspective

Investors in QAD had a tough year, with a total loss of 17% (including dividends) , against a market gain of about 1.2%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 21%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on QAD it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

Of course QAD may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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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