The truth is that if you invest for long enough, you're going to end up with some losing stocks. But the long term shareholders of PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW) have had an unfortunate run in the last three years. Sadly for them, the share price is down 69% in that time. And over the last year the share price fell 52%, so we doubt many shareholders are delighted. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 28% in the last three months.
There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. One flawed but reasonable way to assess how sentiment around a company has changed is to compare the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price.
PFSweb became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. So it's worth looking at other metrics to try to understand the share price move.
With revenue flat over three years, it seems unlikely that the share price is reflecting the top line. We're not entirely sure why the share price is dropped, but it does seem likely investors have become less optimistic about the business.
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.
It is of course excellent to see how PFSweb has grown profits over the years, but the future is more important for shareholders. You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
PFSweb shareholders are down 52% for the year, but the market itself is up 8.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 11% over the last half decade. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. If you would like to research PFSweb in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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