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 when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the TETRA Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:TTI) share price has soared 163% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite. On top of that, the share price is up 12% in about a quarter.
So let's assess the underlying fundamentals over the last 3 years and see if they've moved in lock-step with shareholder returns.
While TETRA Technologies made a small profit, in the last year, we think that the market is probably more focussed on the top line growth at the moment. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. For shareholders to have confidence a company will grow profits significantly, it must grow revenue.
In the last 3 years TETRA Technologies saw its revenue shrink by 45% per year. So we wouldn't have expected the share price to gain 38% per year, but it has. It's a good reminder that expectations about the future, not the past history, always impact share prices.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
We know that TETRA Technologies has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that TETRA Technologies shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 31% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 9%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that TETRA Technologies is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is significant...
Of course TETRA Technologies 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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