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Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD (ELI:SCP) Shareholders Have Enjoyed A 16% Share Price Gain

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By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you choose individual stocks with prowess, you can make superior returns. For example, Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol, SAD (ELI:SCP) shareholders have seen the share price rise 16% over three years, well in excess of the market return (-30%, not including dividends).

View our latest analysis for Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD

Because Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD is loss-making, 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.

In the last 3 years Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD saw its revenue grow at 9.4% per year. That's a very respectable growth rate. While the share price has done well, compounding at 5.1% yearly, over three years, that move doesn't seem over the top. Of course, valuation is quite sensitive to the rate of growth. Of course, it's always worth considering funding risks when a company isn't profitable.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

ENXTLS:SCP Income Statement, May 6th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 2.7% in the last year, Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD shareholders lost 4.0%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 2.8% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like Sporting Clube de Portugal - Futebol SAD 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 PT exchanges.

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