Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 10% in the last month. But that's not enough to compensate for the decline over the last twelve months. Specifically, the stock price slipped by 54% in that time. It's not that amazing to see a bounce after a drop like that. You could argue that the sell-off was too severe.
Given that Exterran didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Exterran grew its revenue by 4.7% over the last year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. It's likely this muted growth has contributed to the share price decline of 54% in the last year. Like many holders, we really want to see better revenue growth in companies that lose money. When a stock falls hard like this, it can signal an over-reaction. Our preference is to wait for a fundamental improvements before buying, but now could be a good time for some research.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
Exterran shareholders are down 54% for the year, but the broader market is up 3.7%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. The three-year loss of 9.8% per year isn't as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. We would be wary of buying into a company with unsolved problems, although some investors will buy into struggling stocks if they believe the price is sufficiently attractive. Before spending more time on Exterran it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
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