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Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. And there's no doubt that GYG plc (LON:GYG) stock has had a really bad year. The share price has slid 52% in that time. GYG may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 22% in thirty days.
Because GYG 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 just one year GYG saw its revenue fall by 28%. That's not what investors generally want to see. In the absence of profits, it's not unreasonable that the share price fell 52%. Fingers crossed this is the low ebb for the stock. We don't generally like to own companies with falling revenues and no profits, so we're pretty cautious of this one, at the moment.
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.
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. You can see what analysts are predicting for GYG in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
GYG shareholders are down 52% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 0.5%. There's no doubt that's a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. It's great to see a nice little 5.1% rebound in the last three months. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it's the start of a new trend. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
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