Route Mobile (NSE:ROUTE) underlying year-on-year earnings growth is promising, but shareholders are still in the red during this period

Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. While individual stocks can be big winners, many others fail to generate satisfactory returns. This downside risk was materialized by Road Mobile Limited (NSE:ROUTE) shareholders over the past year, with the share price down 44%. This is significantly lower than the market return of around 5.6%. We wouldn’t rush to judge Route Mobile as we don’t have a long-term track record to review. The falls have accelerated recently, with the stock price falling 24% in the past three months. We note that the company released results fairly recently; and the market is hardly thrilled. You can view the latest figures in our corporate report.

Given that Route Mobile has lost ₹9.6 billion in value over the past 7 days, let’s see if the longer-term decline was driven by the company’s economics.

Check out our latest analysis for Route Mobile

It is undeniable that markets are sometimes efficient, but prices do not always reflect the underlying performance of companies. An imperfect but reasonable way to gauge changing sentiment around a company is to compare earnings per share (EPS) with the stock price.

Even though Route Mobile’s share price is down over the year, its EPS has actually improved. It is entirely possible that growth expectations have been unreasonable in the past.

It’s fair to say that the stock price doesn’t seem to reflect EPS growth. It is therefore worth checking other measurements as well.

With a low yield of 0.3%, we doubt the dividend will influence the stock price much. Route Mobile’s revenue was actually up 42% year over year. Since the fundamentals do not easily explain the stock price drop, there could be an opportunity if the market has overreacted.

You can see how earnings and income have changed over time in the image below (click on the graph to see exact values).

NSEI: ROUTE Earnings and Revenue Growth July 28, 2022

We know that Route Mobile has improved its results over the past three years, but what does the future hold? It might be interesting to take a look at our free report on the evolution of its financial situation over time.

A different perspective

Given that the market gained 5.6% last year, Route Mobile shareholders might be angry that they lost 44% (even including dividends). While the goal is to do better than that, it’s worth remembering that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. With the stock down 24% in the past three months, the market doesn’t seem to believe the company has solved all of its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying poorly performing stocks unless the company itself has clearly improved. It is always interesting to follow the evolution of the share price over the long term. But to better understand Route Mobile, we need to consider many other factors. Example: we have identified 2 warning signs for Route Mobile you should be aware.

We’ll like Route Mobile better if we see big insider buys. In the meantime, watch this free list of growing companies with significant and recent insider buying.

Please note that the market returns quoted in this article reflect the average market-weighted returns of the stocks currently trading on the IN exchanges.

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Casey J. Nelson