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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. On the other hand, if you find a high quality business to buy (at the right price) you can more than double your money! Take, for example Civeo Corporation (NYSE:CVEO). Its share price is already up an impressive 206% in the last twelve months. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 12% gain in the last three months. Unfortunately the longer term returns are not so good, with the stock falling 42% in the last three years.
Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.
Given that Civeo 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 year Civeo saw its revenue grow by 1.0%. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. So we wouldn't have expected the share price to rise by 206%. The business will need a lot more growth to justify that increase. It's quite likely that the market is considering other factors, not just revenue growth.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Civeo has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 206% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 10% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Civeo better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Civeo that you should be aware of before investing here.
We will like Civeo 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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