USA Truck's (NASDAQ:USAK) Shareholders Are Down 45% On Their Shares

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It is doubtless a positive to see that the USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK) share price has gained some 49% in the last three months.

But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. In fact, the share price is down 45%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.

View our latest analysis for USA Truck

Because USA Truck made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong 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.

Over five years, USA Truck grew its revenue at 1.6% per year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. Given this fairly low revenue growth (and lack of profits), it's not particularly surprising to see the stock down 7.7% (annualized) in the same time frame.

The key question is whether the company can make it to profitability, and beyond, without trouble. Shareholders will want the company to approach profitability if it can't grow revenue any faster.

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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We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on USA Truck

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that USA Truck has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 19% in the last twelve months.

That certainly beats the loss of about 7.7% per year over the last half decade. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance.

But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for USA Truck you should know about.

USA Truck 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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