It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But in contrast you can make much more than 100% if the company does well. To wit, the Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) share price has flown 114% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! In more good news, the share price has risen -0.7% in thirty days.
Given that Rosetta Stone 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
Rosetta Stone actually saw its revenue drop by 4.5% per year over three years. So we wouldn't have expected the share price to gain 29% per year, but it has. It's fair to say shareholders are definitely counting on a bright future.
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
Rosetta Stone shareholders are up 12% for the year. But that was short of the market average. If we look back over five years, the returns are even better, coming in at 15% per year for five years. It may well be that this is a business worth popping on the watching, given the continuing positive reception, over time, from the market. Before spending more time on Rosetta Stone it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
We will like Rosetta Stone 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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