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Introducing MagnaChip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX), A Stock That Climbed 89% In The Last Three Years

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By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. Just take a look at MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:MX), which is up 89%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 39% (not including dividends). However, more recent returns haven't been as impressive as that, with the stock returning just 5.0% in the last year.

Check out our latest analysis for MagnaChip Semiconductor

Given that MagnaChip Semiconductor 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. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last 3 years MagnaChip Semiconductor saw its revenue grow at 5.6% per year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. The modest growth is probably broadly reflected in the share price, which is up 24%, per year over 3 years. The real question is when the business will generate profits, and how quickly they will grow. In this sort of situation it can be worth putting the stock on your watchlist. If it can become profitable, then even moderate revenue growth could grow profits quickly.

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:MX Income Statement, June 21st 2019

Balance sheet strength is crucual. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

MagnaChip Semiconductor provided a TSR of 5.0% over the last twelve months. But that return falls short of the market. But at least that's still a gain! Over five years the TSR has been a reduction of 4.9% per year, over five years. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like MagnaChip Semiconductor 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 US exchanges.

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