Profire Energy (NASDAQ:PFIE) shareholders have endured a 45% loss from investing in the stock five years ago

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Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIE) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 19% in the last quarter. But if you look at the last five years the returns have not been good. You would have done a lot better buying an index fund, since the stock has dropped 45% in that half decade.

It’s worthwhile assessing if the company’s economics have been moving in lockstep with these underwhelming shareholder returns, or if there is some disparity between the two. So let’s do just that.

Check out our latest analysis for Profire Energy

While the efficient markets hypothesis continues to be taught by some, it has been proven that markets are over-reactive dynamic systems, and investors are not always rational. By comparing earnings per share (EPS) and share price changes over time, we can get a feel for how investor attitudes to a company have morphed over time.

Profire Energy became profitable within the last five years. That would generally be considered a positive, so we are surprised to see the share price is down. Other metrics may better explain the share price move.

It could be that the revenue decline of 10% per year is viewed as evidence that Profire Energy is shrinking. This has probably encouraged some shareholders to sell down the stock.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We know that Profire Energy has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Profire Energy

A Different Perspective

While it’s never nice to take a loss, Profire Energy shareholders can take comfort that their trailing twelve month loss of 11% wasn’t as bad as the market loss of around 19%. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it’s worse than the annualised loss of 8% over the last half decade. Whilst Baron Rothschild does tell the investor “buy when there’s blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own”, buyers would need to examine the data carefully to be comfortable that the business itself is sound. 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. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Profire Energy you should be aware of.

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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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