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Claranova's (EPA:CLA) Wonderful 750% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

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Investing can be hard but the potential fo an individual stock to pay off big time inspires us. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. For example, the Claranova S.E. (EPA:CLA) share price is up a whopping 750% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. In more good news, the share price has risen 7.8% 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.

Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

See our latest analysis for Claranova

Claranova isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Over the last three years Claranova has grown its revenue at 29% annually. That's much better than most loss-making companies. And it's not just the revenue that is taking off. The share price is up 104% per year in that time. It's always tempting to take profits after a share price gain like that, but high-growth companies like Claranova can sometimes sustain strong growth for many years. In fact, it might be time to put it on your watchlist, if you're not already familiar with the stock.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

ENXTPA:CLA Income Statement, November 6th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling Claranova stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We've already covered Claranova's share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Claranova hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 750% exceeds its share price return of 750%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.

A Different Perspective

Claranova shareholders are up 11% for the year. Unfortunately this falls short of the market return. On the bright side, the longer term returns (running at about 32% a year, over half a decade) look better. It's quite possible the business continues to execute with prowess, even as the share price gains are slowing. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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 FR exchanges.

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