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The last three months have been tough on PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFSW) shareholders, who have seen the share price decline a rather worrying 35%. But looking back over the last year, the returns have actually been rather pleasing! To wit, it had solidly beat the market, up 89%.

Check out our latest analysis for PFSweb

Given that PFSweb 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 fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

Over the last twelve months, PFSweb’s revenue grew by 1.3%. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. The modest growth is probably largely reflected in the share price, which is up 89%. That’s not a standout result, but it is solid – much like the level of revenue growth. It could be worth keeping an eye on this one, especially if growth accelerates.

The company’s revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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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 PFSweb has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 89% in the last twelve months. There’s no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 9% per year over five years. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. 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 2 warning signs with PFSweb , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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