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Helios Towers (LON:HTWS) shareholders have endured a 32% loss from investing in the stock a year ago

·2-min read

The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. But if you buy individual stocks, you can do both better or worse than that. Investors in Helios Towers plc (LON:HTWS) have tasted that bitter downside in the last year, as the share price dropped 32%. That falls noticeably short of the market decline of around 0.09%. Because Helios Towers hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. Furthermore, it's down 26% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

With that in mind, it's worth seeing if the company's underlying fundamentals have been the driver of long term performance, or if there are some discrepancies.

See our latest analysis for Helios Towers

Given that Helios Towers didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. 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.

In the last twelve months, Helios Towers increased its revenue by 8.5%. While that may seem decent it isn't great considering the company is still making a loss. Given this lacklustre revenue growth, the share price drop of 32% seems pretty appropriate. It's important not to lose sight of the fact that profitless companies must grow. But if you buy a loss making company then you could become a loss making investor.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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This free interactive report on Helios Towers' balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Helios Towers shareholders are down 32% for the year, even worse than the market loss of 0.09%. There's no doubt that's a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 26%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Helios Towers better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Helios Towers is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

But note: Helios Towers 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 GB exchanges.

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