When you buy shares in a company, there is always a risk that the price drops to zero. On the other hand, if you find a high quality business to buy (at the right price) you can more than double your money! For example, the BroadVision, Inc. (NASDAQ:BVSN) share price had more than doubled in just one year - up 157%. It's also good to see the share price up 114% over the last quarter. Zooming out, the stock is actually down 42% in the last three years.
Because BroadVision made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over the last twelve months, BroadVision's revenue grew by 1.2%. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. In contrast, the share price took off during the year, gaining 157%. We're happy that investors have made money, though we wonder if the increase will be sustained. It's quite likely that the market is considering other factors, not just revenue growth.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on BroadVision's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that BroadVision shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 157% over the last year. That certainly beats the loss of about 14% per year over the last half decade. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
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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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