Every investor on earth makes bad calls sometimes. But you have a problem if you face massive losses more than once in a while. So take a moment to sympathize with the long term shareholders of PBA Infrastructure Limited (NSE:PBAINFRA), who have seen the share price tank a massive 76% over a three year period. That'd be enough to cause even the strongest minds some disquiet. And over the last year the share price fell 68%, so we doubt many shareholders are delighted. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 43% in the last 90 days.
Given that PBA Infrastructure 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. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
In the last three years PBA Infrastructure saw its revenue shrink by 0.04% per year. That's not what investors generally want to see. Having said that the 38% annualized share price decline highlights the risk of investing in unprofitable companies. This business clearly needs to grow revenues if it is to perform as investors hope. There's no more than a snowball's chance in hell that share price will head back to its old highs, in the short term.
Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 1.5% in the last year, PBA Infrastructure shareholders lost 68%. 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. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 22% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
But note: PBA Infrastructure may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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