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Those Who Purchased Mobile Tornado Group (LON:MBT) Shares Five Years Ago Have A 69% Loss To Show For It

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Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But unfortunately, some companies simply don't succeed. To wit, the Mobile Tornado Group plc (LON:MBT) share price managed to fall 69% over five long years. That is extremely sub-optimal, to say the least. The silver lining is that the stock is up 2.5% in about a week.

Check out our latest analysis for Mobile Tornado Group

Mobile Tornado Group isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Over five years, Mobile Tornado Group grew its revenue at 5.1% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. This lacklustre growth has no doubt fueled the loss of 21% per year, in that time. We want to see an acceleration of revenue growth (or profits) before showing much interest in this one. When a stock falls hard like this, some investors like to add the company to a watchlist (in case the business recovers, longer term).

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

AIM:MBT Income Statement, July 15th 2019

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. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of Mobile Tornado Group's earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Mobile Tornado Group has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 5.7% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 21% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.

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