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If You Had Bought Eagle Eye Solutions Group (LON:EYE) Shares Three Years Ago You'd Have Made 69%

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By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, the Eagle Eye Solutions Group plc (LON:EYE) share price is up 69% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 3.5% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven't been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 29%.

View our latest analysis for Eagle Eye Solutions Group

Because Eagle Eye Solutions Group is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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 Eagle Eye Solutions Group has grown its revenue at 36% annually. That's much better than most loss-making companies. While the compound gain of 19% per year over three years is pretty good, you might argue it doesn't fully reflect the strong revenue growth. If that's the case, now might be the time to take a close look at Eagle Eye Solutions Group. If the company is trending towards profitability then it could be very interesting.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

AIM:EYE Income Statement, September 2nd 2019

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 it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Eagle Eye Solutions Group will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Eagle Eye Solutions Group shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 29% over one year. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 0.8% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. 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.

Eagle Eye Solutions Group 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 GB exchanges.

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