Argo Blockchain plc (LON:ARB) shareholders might be rather concerned because the share price has dropped 35% in the last month. But that doesn’t undermine the fantastic longer term performance (measured over five years). Indeed, the share price is up a whopping 420% in that time. Arguably, the recent fall is to be expected after such a strong rise. Of course what matters most is whether the business can improve itself sustainably, thus justifying a higher price. Unfortunately not all shareholders will have held it for five years, so spare a thought for those caught in the 81% decline over the last three years: that’s a long time to wait for profits.
Since the stock has added UK£17m to its market cap in the past week alone, let’s see if underlying performance has been driving long-term returns.
Because Argo Blockchain 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
For the last half decade, Argo Blockchain can boast revenue growth at a rate of 36% per year. That’s well above most pre-profit companies. Fortunately, the market has not missed this, and has pushed the share price up by 39% per year in that time. It’s never too late to start following a top notch stock like Argo Blockchain, since some long term winners go on winning for decades. On the face of it, this looks lke a good opportunity, although we note sentiment seems very positive already.
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 Argo Blockchain’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Argo Blockchain has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 11% in the last twelve months. However, that falls short of the 39% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. The pessimistic view would be that be that the stock has its best days behind it, but on the other hand the price might simply be moderating while the business itself continues to execute. 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. For instance, we’ve identified 4 warning signs for Argo Blockchain (2 can’t be ignored) that you should be aware of.
But note: Argo Blockchain may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on British exchanges.
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