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Those Who Purchased Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE:TNP) Shares Five Years Ago Have A 55% Loss To Show For It

Simply Wall St

Ideally, your overall portfolio should beat the market average. But every investor is virtually certain to have both over-performing and under-performing stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (NYSE:TNP), since the last five years saw the share price fall 55%. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 3.0%.

Check out our latest analysis for Tsakos Energy Navigation

Given that Tsakos Energy Navigation didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last half decade, Tsakos Energy Navigation saw its revenue increase by 1.0% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. It's likely this weak growth has contributed to an annualised return of 15% for the last five years. We want to see an acceleration of revenue growth (or profits) before showing much interest in this one. However, it's possible too many in the market will ignore it, and there may be an opportunity if it starts to recover down the track.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NYSE:TNP Income Statement, September 20th 2019

This free interactive report on Tsakos Energy Navigation's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

What About Dividends?

It is important to consider the total shareholder return, as well as the share price return, for any given stock. Whereas the share price return only reflects the change in the share price, the TSR includes the value of dividends (assuming they were reinvested) and the benefit of any discounted capital raising or spin-off. It's fair to say that the TSR gives a more complete picture for stocks that pay a dividend. In the case of Tsakos Energy Navigation, it has a TSR of -45% for the last 5 years. That exceeds its share price return that we previously mentioned. This is largely a result of its dividend payments!

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 3.4% in the last year, Tsakos Energy Navigation shareholders lost 12% (even including dividends) . However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 11% 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. Importantly, we haven't analysed Tsakos Energy Navigation's dividend history. This free visual report on its dividends is a must-read if you're thinking of buying.

We will like Tsakos Energy Navigation 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 US exchanges.

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