By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. For example, the Nekkar ASA (OB:NKR) share price is up 91% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 24% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven't been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 1.9%.

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Nekkar isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last 3 years Nekkar saw its revenue shrink by 61% per year. Despite the lack of revenue growth, the stock has returned 24%, compound, over three years. Unless the company is going to make profits soon, we would be pretty cautious about it.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Nekkar shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 1.9% over the last year. However, that falls short of the 8.8% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. Potential buyers might understandably feel they've missed the opportunity, but it's always possible business is still firing on all cylinders. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

Of course Nekkar may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on NO exchanges.

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