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Introducing Schmitt Industries (NASDAQ:SMIT), The Stock That Dropped 21% In The Last Five Years

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The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Schmitt Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMIT), since the last five years saw the share price fall 21%. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 19% in the last 90 days.

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See our latest analysis for Schmitt Industries

Because Schmitt Industries is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.

Over five years, Schmitt Industries grew its revenue at 2.6% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. Given the weak growth, the share price fall of 4.7% isn't particularly surprising. Investors should consider how bad the losses are, and whether the company can make it to profitability with ease. It could be worth putting it on your watchlist and revisiting when it makes its maiden profit.

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.

NasdaqCM:SMIT Income Statement, May 24th 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

Schmitt Industries shareholders gained a total return of 2.6% during the year. But that return falls short of the market. On the bright side, that's still a gain, and it is certainly better than the yearly loss of about 4.7% endured over half a decade. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like Schmitt Industries 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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