By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. For example, the Pyxus International, Inc. (NYSE:PYX) share price is up 76% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 39% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 5.7%.
Given that Pyxus International 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. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
Pyxus International actually saw its revenue drop by 1.2% per year over three years. The revenue growth might be lacking but the share price has gained 21% each year in that time. If the company is cutting costs profitability could be on the horizon, but the revenue decline is a prima facie concern.
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.
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A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Pyxus International shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 5.7% over one year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 0.5% per year), it would seem that the stock’s performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
But note: Pyxus International may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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