Inuvo, Inc. (NYSEMKT:INUV) shareholders have seen the share price descend 26% over the month. Despite this, the stock is a strong performer over the last year, no doubt about that. During that period, the share price soared a full 284%. So we think most shareholders won’t be too upset about the recent fall. Investors should be wondering whether the business itself has the fundamental value required to continue to drive gains.
Because Inuvo 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. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last year Inuvo saw its revenue shrink by 27%. So we would not have expected the share price to rise 284%. This is a good example of how buyers can push up prices even before the fundamental metrics show much growth. It’s quite likely the revenue fall was already priced in, anyway.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Take a more thorough look at Inuvo’s financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
We’re pleased to report that Inuvo shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 284% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 9% per year over the last half decade. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 3 warning signs with Inuvo (at least 1 which can’t be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
Of course Inuvo 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 US exchanges.
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