Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And while active stock picking involves risks (and requires diversification) it can also provide excess returns. For example, long term B2Gold Corp. (TSE:BTO) shareholders have enjoyed a 94% share price rise over the last half decade, well in excess of the market return of around -1.8% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the more recent gains haven't been so impressive, with shareholders gaining just 56%.
Given that B2Gold only made minimal earnings in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue to gauge its business development. As a general rule, we think this kind of company is more comparable to loss-making stocks, since the actual profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.
For the last half decade, B2Gold can boast revenue growth at a rate of 20% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that's a good result. While the compound gain of 14% per year is good, it's not unreasonable given the strong revenue growth. If the strong revenue growth continues, we'd expect the share price to follow, in time. Of course, you'll have to research the business more fully to figure out if this is an attractive opportunity.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
We know that B2Gold has improved its bottom line over the last three years, but what does the future have in store? You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that B2Gold has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 56% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 14% 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. Before spending more time on B2Gold it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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