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Investors Who Bought SilverBow Resources (NYSE:SBOW) Shares A Year Ago Are Now Down 71%

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Even the best investor on earth makes unsuccessful investments. But it's not unreasonable to try to avoid truly shocking capital losses. So we hope that those who held SilverBow Resources, Inc. (NYSE:SBOW) during the last year don't lose the lesson, in addition to the 71% hit to the value of their shares. That'd be a striking reminder about the importance of diversification. Notably, shareholders had a tough run over the longer term, too, with a drop of 68% in the last three years. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 39% in the last 90 days. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

Check out our latest analysis for SilverBow Resources

While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One imperfect but simple way to consider how the market perception of a company has shifted is to compare the change in the earnings per share (EPS) with the share price movement.

During the unfortunate twelve months during which the SilverBow Resources share price fell, it actually saw its earnings per share (EPS) improve by 193%. It's quite possible that growth expectations may have been unreasonable in the past. It's surprising to see the share price fall so much, despite the improved EPS. So it's well worth checking out some other metrics, too.

SilverBow Resources managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since the fundamental metrics don't readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NYSE:SBOW Income Statement, August 28th 2019

We know that SilverBow Resources has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? Take a more thorough look at SilverBow Resources's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

SilverBow Resources shareholders are down 71% for the year, falling short of the market return. Meanwhile, the broader market slid about 1.0%, likely weighing on the stock. The three-year loss of 31% per year isn't as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. We would be wary of buying into a company with unsolved problems, although some investors will buy into struggling stocks if they believe the price is sufficiently attractive. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

We will like SilverBow Resources 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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