It might be of some concern to shareholders to see the Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. (TSE:CET) share price down 11% in the last month. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been very strong. Like an eagle, the share price soared 116% in that time. So it may be that the share price is simply cooling off after a strong rise. The real question is whether the business is trending in the right direction.
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.
Cathedral Energy Services wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
Over the last twelve months, Cathedral Energy Services' revenue grew by 54%. That's a head and shoulders above most loss-making companies. And the share price has responded, gaining 116% as we previously mentioned. That sort of revenue growth is bound to attract attention, even if the company doesn't turn a profit. The strong share price rise indicates optimism, so there may be a better opportunity for buyers as the hype fades a bit.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. You can see what analysts are predicting for Cathedral Energy Services in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.
A Different Perspective
We're pleased to report that Cathedral Energy Services shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 116% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 6% per year over the last half decade. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Cathedral Energy Services (including 2 which shouldn't be ignored) .
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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 CA exchanges.
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