Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Imagine if you held United Food Holdings Limited (SGX:AZR) for half a decade as the share price tanked 93%. And it's not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 62% in the last year. The silver lining is that the stock is up 2.4% in about a week.
We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.
Given that United Food Holdings 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 five years United Food Holdings saw its revenue shrink by 80% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it's not that strange that the share price dropped 42% per year in that period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 19% in the twelve months, United Food Holdings shareholders did even worse, losing 62%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 42% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand United Food Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that United Food Holdings is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those are a bit concerning...
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 SG exchanges.
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