Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:FOCS) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 11% in the last month. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. The cold reality is that the stock has dropped 21% in one year, under-performing the market.
Given that Focus Financial Partners only made minimal earnings in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue to gauge its business development. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. For shareholders to have confidence a company will grow profits significantly, it must grow revenue.
In the last twelve months, Focus Financial Partners increased its revenue by 35%. That's definitely a respectable growth rate. Unfortunately that wasn't good enough to stop the share price dropping 21%. You might even wonder if the share price was previously over-hyped. However, that's in the past now, and it's the future that matters most.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts
A Different Perspective
While Focus Financial Partners shareholders are down 21% for the year, the market itself is up 6.5%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 20% 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. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.
Focus Financial Partners is not the only stock that insiders are buying. 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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