Should Ceridian HCM Holding (NYSE:CDAY) Be Disappointed With Their 53% Profit?

These days it’s easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. To wit, the Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (NYSE:CDAY) share price is 53% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 3.9% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.

See our latest analysis for Ceridian HCM Holding

We don’t think that Ceridian HCM Holding’s modest trailing twelve month profit has the market’s full attention at the moment. We think revenue is probably a better guide. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.

Ceridian HCM Holding grew its revenue by 9.0% last year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. The modest growth is probably largely reflected in the share price, which is up 53%. That’s not a standout result, but it is solid – much like the level of revenue growth. Given the market doesn’t seem too excited about the stock, a closer look at the financial data could pay off, if you can find indications of a stronger growth trend in the future.

NYSE:CDAY Income Statement, August 1st 2019
NYSE:CDAY Income Statement, August 1st 2019

Ceridian HCM Holding is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

Ceridian HCM Holding shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 53% over the last twelve months. That’s better than the more recent three month gain of 7.3%, implying that share price has plateaued recently. It seems likely the market is waiting on fundamental developments with the business before pushing the share price higher (or lower). Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will 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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