The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But on the bright side, you can make far more than 100% on a really good stock. Long term MercadoLibre, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELI) shareholders would be well aware of this, since the stock is up 244% in five years. It's also up 40% in about a month.
Since it's been a strong week for MercadoLibre shareholders, let's have a look at trend of the longer term fundamentals.
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While MercadoLibre made a small profit, in the last year, we think that the market is probably more focussed on the top line growth at the moment. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.
In the last 5 years MercadoLibre saw its revenue grow at 45% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. So it's not entirely surprising that the share price reflected this performance by increasing at a rate of 28% per year, in that time. This suggests the market has well and truly recognized the progress the business has made. To our minds that makes MercadoLibre worth investigating - it may have its best days ahead.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think MercadoLibre will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that MercadoLibre shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 9.2% over the last year. However, the TSR over five years, coming in at 28% per year, is even more impressive. Potential buyers might understandably feel they've missed the opportunity, but it's always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 1 warning sign with MercadoLibre , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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 US exchanges.
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