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Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. For example, long term CentralNic Group Plc (LON:CNIC) shareholders have enjoyed a 87% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around 21% (not including dividends).
CentralNic Group 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
For the last half decade, CentralNic Group can boast revenue growth at a rate of 51% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. It's good to see that the stock has 13%, but not entirely surprising given revenue shows strong growth. If you think there could be more growth to come, now might be the time to take a close look at CentralNic Group. Of course, you'll have to research the business more fully to figure out if this is an attractive opportunity.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
This free interactive report on CentralNic Group's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
CentralNic Group shareholders are down 4.9% for the year, but the market itself is up 32%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 13%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. 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. Take risks, for example - CentralNic Group has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.
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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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