Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) shareholders have endured a 67% loss from investing in the stock five years ago
Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But no-one is immune from buying too high. For example, after five long years the Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) share price is a whole 68% lower. We certainly feel for shareholders who bought near the top.
It's worthwhile assessing if the company's economics have been moving in lockstep with these underwhelming shareholder returns, or if there is some disparity between the two. So let's do just that.
See our latest analysis for Seritage Growth Properties
Because Seritage Growth Properties made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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.
Over half a decade Seritage Growth Properties reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 25% for each year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. Arguably, the market has responded appropriately to this business performance by sending the share price down 11% (annualized) in the same time period. It's fair to say most investors don't like to invest in loss making companies with falling revenue. This looks like a really risky stock to buy, at a glance.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Seritage Growth Properties shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 43% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 11% per year over the last half decade. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Seritage Growth Properties you should be aware of, and 2 of them are significant.
Of course Seritage Growth Properties may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
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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