The truth is that if you invest for long enough, you're going to end up with some losing stocks. Long term Brightcom Group Limited (NSE:BCG) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Sadly for them, the share price is down 70% in that time. Even worse, it's down 20% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.
In his essay The Superinvestors of Graham-and-Doddsville Warren Buffett described how share prices do not always rationally reflect the value of a business. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.
During the unfortunate three years of share price decline, Brightcom Group actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 2.9% per year. Given the share price reaction, one might suspect that EPS is not a good guide to the business performance during the period (perhaps due to a one-off loss or gain). Alternatively, growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past.
It looks to us like the market was probably too optimistic around growth three years ago. But it's possible a look at other metrics will be enlightening.
The company has kept revenue pretty healthy over the last three years, so we doubt that explains the falling share price. There doesn't seem to be any clear correlation between the fundamental business metrics and the share price. That could mean that the stock was previously overrated, or it could spell opportunity now.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
Take a more thorough look at Brightcom Group's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
Over the last year, Brightcom Group shareholders took a loss of 15%. In contrast the market gained about 11%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 33% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last three years. We'd need clear signs of growth in the underlying business before we could muster much enthusiasm for this one. You could get a better understanding of Brightcom Group's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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