It's easy to match the overall market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, plenty more fail to generate satisfactory returns. Unfortunately the MMTC Limited (NSE:MMTC) share price slid 40% over twelve months. That falls noticeably short of the market return of around -0.6%. The silver lining (for longer term investors) is that the stock is still 2.0% higher than it was three years ago. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 2.9%.
We don't think that MMTC's modest trailing twelve month profit has the market's full attention at the moment. We think revenue is probably a better guide. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. For shareholders to have confidence a company will grow profits significantly, it must grow revenue.
In the last twelve months, MMTC increased its revenue by 39%. We think that is pretty nice growth. Unfortunately that wasn't good enough to stop the share price dropping 40%. This implies the market was expecting better growth. However, that's in the past now, and it's the future that matters most.
Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. Dive deeper into the earnings by checking this interactive graph of MMTC's earnings, revenue and cash flow.
What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?
Investors should note that there's a difference between MMTC's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price change, which we've covered above. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. MMTC's TSR of was a loss of 39% for the year. That wasn't as bad as its share price return, because it has paid dividends.
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that MMTC shareholders are down 39% for the year (even including dividends). Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 0.6%. 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. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 5.6% over the last half decade. 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. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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