Active investing isn't easy, but for those that do it, the aim is to find the best companies to buy, and to profit handsomely. While not every stock performs well, when investors win, they can win big. In the case of SouthGobi Resources Ltd. (TSE:SGQ), the share price is up an incredible 450% in the last year alone. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 29% gain in the last three months. Looking back further, the stock price is 389% higher than it was three years ago.
Because SouthGobi Resources made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last year SouthGobi Resources saw its revenue shrink by 34%. So it's very confusing to see that the share price gained a whopping 450%. It's pretty clear the market isn't basing its valuation on fundamental metrics like revenue. To us, a gain like this looks like speculation, but there might be historical trends to back it up.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that SouthGobi Resources has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 450% in the last twelve months. That's better than the annualised return of 17% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand SouthGobi Resources better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for SouthGobi Resources you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning.
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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 CA exchanges.
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