ASA International Group PLC (LON:ASAI) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 17% in the last month. But only the myopic could ignore the astounding decline over three years. Indeed, the share price is down a whopping 76% in the last three years. So we're relieved for long term holders to see a bit of uplift. Of course the real question is whether the business can sustain a turnaround.
Now let's have a look at the company's fundamentals, and see if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.
While markets are a powerful pricing mechanism, share prices reflect investor sentiment, not just underlying business performance. One way to examine how market sentiment has changed over time is to look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS).
During five years of share price growth, ASA International Group moved from a loss to profitability. We would usually expect to see the share price rise as a result. So it's worth looking at other metrics to try to understand the share price move.
We think that the revenue decline over three years, at a rate of 6.7% per year, probably had some shareholders looking to sell. After all, if revenue keeps shrinking, it may be difficult to find earnings growth in the future.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We know that ASA International Group has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on ASA International Group
A Different Perspective
ASA International Group shareholders are down 32% for the year, falling short of the market return. Meanwhile, the broader market slid about 0.1%, likely weighing on the stock. Unfortunately, the longer term story isn't pretty, with investment losses running at 21% per year over three years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. 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. Even so, be aware that ASA International Group is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those doesn't sit too well with us...
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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 GB exchanges.
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