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For us, stock picking is in large part the hunt for the truly magnificent stocks. But when you hold the right stock for the right time period, the rewards can be truly huge. One such superstar is Kingsgate Consolidated Limited (ASX:KCN), which saw its share price soar 985% in three years. On top of that, the share price is up 140% in about a quarter. It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.
Since the stock has added AU$58m to its market cap in the past week alone, let's see if underlying performance has been driving long-term returns.
Because Kingsgate Consolidated made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In the last 3 years Kingsgate Consolidated saw its revenue grow at 135% per year. That's much better than most loss-making companies. In light of this attractive revenue growth, it seems somewhat appropriate that the share price has been rocketing, boasting a gain of 121% per year, over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like Kingsgate Consolidated have been known to go on winning for decades. So we'd recommend you take a closer look at this one, or even put it on your watchlist.
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Kingsgate Consolidated has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 120% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 51% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Kingsgate Consolidated better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Kingsgate Consolidated you should be aware of.
We will like Kingsgate Consolidated better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.
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