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Universal Stainless & Alloy Products' (NASDAQ:USAP) investors will be pleased with their decent 71% return over the last year

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While Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAP) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 13% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the reality that over twelve months the stock has done really well. After all, the share price is up a market-beating 71% in that time.

So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

View our latest analysis for Universal Stainless & Alloy Products

Given that Universal Stainless & Alloy Products 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. 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.

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products actually shrunk its revenue over the last year, with a reduction of 35%. The stock is up 71% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. To us that means that there isn't a lot of correlation between the past revenue performance and the share price, but a closer look at analyst forecasts and the bottom line may well explain a lot.

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

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We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on Universal Stainless & Alloy Products' earnings, revenue and cash flow.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Universal Stainless & Alloy Products shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 71% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 0.9% 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. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Even so, be aware that Universal Stainless & Alloy Products is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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