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The Past Year for Coupang (NYSE:CPNG) Investors Has Not Been Profitable

Simply Wall St ·  11/20/2022 21:06

Coupang, Inc. (NYSE:CPNG) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 19% in the last month. But that doesn't change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. In fact the stock is down 28% in the last year, well below the market return.

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

Check out our latest analysis for Coupang

Coupang isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. 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.

In the last year Coupang saw its revenue grow by 19%. That's definitely a respectable growth rate. Meanwhile, the share price is down 28% over twelve months, which is disappointing given the progress made. This implies the market was expecting better growth. But if revenue keeps growing, then at a certain point the share price would likely follow.

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

earnings-and-revenue-growthNYSE:CPNG Earnings and Revenue Growth November 20th 2022

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. If you are thinking of buying or selling Coupang stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We doubt Coupang shareholders are happy with the loss of 28% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 21%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. It's great to see a nice little 14% rebound in the last three months. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it's the start of a new trend. 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. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Coupang that you should be aware of before investing here.

Coupang 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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