Did You Manage To Avoid CL Educate's (NSE:CLEDUCATE) 40% Share Price Drop?

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Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market - but in the process, they risk under-performance. Investors in CL Educate Limited (NSE:CLEDUCATE) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 40%. That's well bellow the market return of 0.7%. CL Educate hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 14% in the last 90 days. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.

See our latest analysis for CL Educate

There is no denying that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect underlying business performance. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

The last year saw CL Educate's EPS really take off. We don't think the growth guide to the sustainable growth rate in this case, but we do think this sort of increase is impressive. So we are surprised the share price is down. Some different data might shed some more light on the situation.

Given the yield is quite low, at 1.9%, we doubt the dividend can shed much light on the share price. CL Educate managed to grow revenue over the last year, which is usually a real positive. Since the fundamental metrics don't readily explain the share price drop, there might be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NSEI:CLEDUCATE Income Statement, June 12th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling CL Educate stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 0.7% in the last year, CL Educate shareholders might be miffed that they lost 40% (even including dividends). However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 14%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

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

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