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If You Had Bought VEREIT (NYSE:VER) Stock Five Years Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 37% Loss, Today

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For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn't blame long term VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE:VER) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 37% over a half decade. The silver lining is that the stock is up 2.9% in about a week.

View our latest analysis for VEREIT

VEREIT isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

Over five years, VEREIT grew its revenue at 4.1% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. Given this fairly low revenue growth (and lack of profits), it's not particularly surprising to see the stock down 8.7% (annualized) in the same time frame. Investors should consider how bad the losses are, and whether the company can make it to profitability with ease. Shareholders will want the company to approach profitability if it can't grow revenue any faster.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NYSE:VER Income Statement, April 29th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling VEREIT stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

What About Dividends?

As well as measuring the share price return, investors should also consider the total shareholder return (TSR). Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of VEREIT, it has a TSR of -13% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. The dividends paid by the company have thusly boosted the total shareholder return.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that VEREIT shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 30% over one year. That's including the dividend. That certainly beats the loss of about 2.8% per year over the last half decade. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. Before spending more time on VEREIT it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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