Envirosuite Limited (ASX:EVS) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 26% in the last month. But that doesn't detract from the splendid returns of the last year. Like an eagle, the share price soared 218% in that time. So it is important to view the recent reduction in price through that lense. The real question is whether the business is trending in the right direction.
Because Envirosuite is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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 year Envirosuite saw its revenue grow by 121%. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. And the share price has responded, gaining 218% as we previously mentioned. That sort of revenue growth is bound to attract attention, even if the company doesn't turn a profit. Given the positive sentiment around the stock we're cautious, but there's no doubt its worth watching.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Envirosuite shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 218% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 18%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Before spending more time on Envirosuite it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
We will like Envirosuite 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 AU exchanges.
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