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Introducing WillScot (NASDAQ:WSC), A Stock That Climbed 87% In The Last Year

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Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the WillScot Corporation (NASDAQ:WSC) share price is 87% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 24% (not including dividends) in the same period. That's a solid performance by our standards! Note that businesses generally develop over the long term, so the returns over the last year might not reflect a long term trend.

Check out our latest analysis for WillScot

WillScot isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

WillScot grew its revenue by 71% last year. That's a head and shoulders above most loss-making companies. While the share price gain of 87% over twelve months is pretty tasty, you might argue it doesn't fully reflect the strong revenue growth. So quite frankly it could be a good time to investigate WillScot in some detail. Human beings have trouble conceptualizing (and valuing) exponential growth. Is that what we're seeing here?

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqCM:WSC Income Statement, January 21st 2020

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that WillScot shareholders have gained 87% over the last year. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 19% in that time. This suggests the company is continuing to win over new investors. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand WillScot better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for WillScot (1 is a bit unpleasant) that you should be aware of.

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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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