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Introducing ASL Marine Holdings (SGX:A04), The Stock That Tanked 92%

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Some stocks are best avoided. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Anyone who held ASL Marine Holdings Ltd. (SGX:A04) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 92% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 40% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 13% in the last three months.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It's a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it's worth keeping in mind there's more to life than money, anyway.

View our latest analysis for ASL Marine Holdings

Given that ASL Marine Holdings 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 fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last half decade, ASL Marine Holdings saw its revenue increase by 1.9% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. Nonetheless, it's fair to say the rapidly declining share price (down 40%, compound, over five years) suggests the market is very disappointed with this level of growth. While we're definitely wary of the stock, after that kind of performance, it could be an over-reaction. We'd recommend focussing any further research on the likelihood of profitability in the foreseeable future, given the muted revenue growth.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

SGX:A04 Income Statement, January 15th 2020

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A Different Perspective

ASL Marine Holdings shareholders are down 40% for the year, but the market itself is up 6.3%. 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. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 40% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand ASL Marine Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with ASL Marine Holdings (including 1 which is is a bit unpleasant) .

We will like ASL Marine Holdings better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on SG exchanges.

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