While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the Kinross Gold Corporation (TSE:K) share price up 11% in a single quarter. But that doesn't help the fact that the three year return is less impressive. In fact, the share price is down 19% in the last three years, falling well short of the market return.
Given that Kinross Gold 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Over three years, Kinross Gold grew revenue at 1.6% per year. Given it's losing money in pursuit of growth, we are not really impressed with that. The stock dropped 6.8% during that time. Shareholders will probably be hoping growth picks up soon. But ultimately the key will be whether the company can become profitability.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
Kinross Gold is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. Given we have quite a good number of analyst forecasts, it might be well worth checking out this free chart depicting consensus estimates.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 7.2% in the last year, Kinross Gold shareholders lost 6.5%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 0.1%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on Kinross Gold it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CA exchanges.
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