It is a pleasure to report that the Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE:ASC) is up 45% in the last quarter. But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. After all, the share price is down 46% in that time, significantly under-performing the market.
Because Ardmore Shipping is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In the last half decade, Ardmore Shipping saw its revenue increase by 26% per year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Shareholders are no doubt disappointed with the loss of 12%, each year, in that time. You could say that the market has been harsh, given the top line growth. So now is probably an apt time to look closer at the stock, if you think it has potential.
Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
Take a more thorough look at Ardmore Shipping's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Dividend Lost
The value of past dividends are accounted for in the total shareholder return (TSR), but not in the share price return mentioned above. By accounting for the value of dividends paid, the TSR can be seen as a more complete measure of the value a company brings to its shareholders. Ardmore Shipping's TSR over the last 5 years is -39%; better than its share price return. Even though the company isn't paying dividends at the moment, it has done in the past.
A Different Perspective
Ardmore Shipping shareholders are down 13% for the year, but the market itself is up 9.1%. 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. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 9.5% over the last half decade. 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.
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 US exchanges.
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