Casa Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CASA) shareholders are doubtless heartened to see the share price bounce 43% in just one week. But that isn't much consolation to those who have suffered through the declines of the last year. During that time the share price has sank like a stone, descending 59%. The share price recovery is not so impressive when you consider the fall. You could argue that the sell-off was too severe.
Because Casa Systems made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.
Casa Systems's revenue didn't grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 5.0%. That's not what investors generally want to see. The share price drop of 59% is understandable given the company doesn't have profits to boast of. Fingers crossed this is the low ebb for the stock. We don't generally like to own companies with falling revenues and no profits, so we're pretty cautious of this one, at the moment.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
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A Different Perspective
Casa Systems shareholders are down 59% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 11%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 16% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that Casa Systems is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is potentially serious...
But note: Casa Systems may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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