The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn't blame long term Quotient Limited (NASDAQ:QTNT) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 23% over a half decade. It's down 30% in about a quarter.
Because Quotient is loss-making, 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last half decade, Quotient saw its revenue increase by 11% per year. That's a fairly respectable growth rate. Shareholders have seen the share price fall at 5.2% per year, for five years: a poor performance. Those who bought back then clearly believed in stronger growth - and maybe even profits. The lesson is that if you buy shares in a money losing company you could end up losing money.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
This free interactive report on Quotient's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Quotient shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 15% over the last year. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 5.2% per year over five years. 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. If you would like to research Quotient in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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