Some stocks are best avoided. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Anyone who held China Medical & HealthCare Group Limited (HKG:383) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 75% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 45% in the last year.
Because China Medical & HealthCare Group 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. 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 the last five years China Medical & HealthCare Group saw its revenue shrink by 13% per year. That’s definitely a weaker result than most pre-profit companies report. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 12% per year in that period. We don’t think this is a particularly promising picture. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on China Medical & HealthCare Group’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
China Medical & HealthCare Group shareholders are down 45% for the year, but the market itself is up 29%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 12% over the last half decade. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should “buy when there is blood on the streets”, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Of course China Medical & HealthCare Group may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on HK exchanges.
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