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Did Changing Sentiment Drive KVH Industries's (NASDAQ:KVHI) Share Price Down By 25%?

Simply Wall St

Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But even the best stock picker will only win with some selections. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in KVH Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KVHI), since the last five years saw the share price fall 25%. It's up 2.1% in the last seven days.

View our latest analysis for KVH Industries

Given that KVH Industries didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong 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 half a decade KVH Industries reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 0.07% for each year. That's not what investors generally want to see. The share price decline at a rate of 5.6% per year is disappointing. But it doesn't surprise given the falling revenue. It might be worth watching for signs of a turnaround - buyers are probably expecting one.

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

NasdaqGS:KVHI Income Statement, April 25th 2019

This free interactive report on KVH Industries's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 12% in the last year, KVH Industries shareholders lost 6.9%. 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 5.6% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett 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 businesses. 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.

For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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