Many investors define successful investing as beating the market average over the long term. But in any portfolio, there are likely to be some stocks that fall short of that benchmark. We regret to report that long term Superior Gold Inc. (CVE:SGI) shareholders have had that experience, with the share price dropping 49% in three years, versus a market decline of about 12%. Furthermore, it's down 21% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.
Superior Gold isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over three years, Superior Gold grew revenue at 3.0% per year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. The stock dropped 14% during that time. Shareholders will probably be hoping growth picks up soon. But ultimately the key will be whether the company can become profitability.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts
A Different Perspective
Over the last year, Superior Gold shareholders took a loss of 9.4%. In contrast the market gained about 7.0%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Unfortunately, the longer term story isn't pretty, with investment losses running at 14% per year over three years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Superior Gold better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Superior Gold you should know about.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.
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