It may be of some concern to shareholders to see FreightCar America, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAIL ) share price is down 17% in the last month. But don’t let that distract you from the excellent returns it has produced over the past three years. In fact, the company’s share price outperformed the stock market index during that time, registering a gain of 90%.
So let’s review the fundamentals of the last 3 years and see if they have moved in step with shareholder returns.
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Since FreightCar America made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focused on revenue and earnings growth, at least for now. In general, unprofitable companies are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. So it’s hard to be sure that a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is low, and it’s never profitable.
FreightCar America’s revenue grew 16% annually over the past three years. That is a very respectable growth rate. While the share price has improved, compounding 24% a year, over three years, that movement doesn’t seem over the top. If so, then it may be worth investigating the growth trajectory. Of course, when a company is not profitable, it is always worth considering the financial risks.
The graph below shows how revenue and income have changed over time (click on the image to reveal the exact values).
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A Different Perspective
While it’s never nice to lose, FreightCar America shareholders can take comfort that their trailing twelve month loss of 2.4% wasn’t as bad as the market’s loss of around 19%. More worrying is the 12% pa loss served to shareholders in the last five years. While the losses are slowing we suspect many shareholders are happy with the stock. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to really gain an understanding, we need to consider other information. For example, consider the ever-present illusion of investment risk. We have identified 4 warning signs with FreightCar America (at least 2 that shouldn’t be overlooked), and their input should be part of your investment process.
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Please note, the market returns mentioned in this article reflect the market weighted average returns currently trading on US stocks.
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