Investors might be losing patience for Brighthouse Financial's (NASDAQ:BHF) increasing losses, as stock sheds 4.0% over the past week

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If you want to compound wealth in the stock market, you can do so by buying an index fund. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. To wit, the Brighthouse Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:BHF) share price is 54% higher than it was a year ago, much better than the market return of around 28% (not including dividends) in the same period. If it can keep that out-performance up over the long term, investors will do very well! And shareholders have also done well over the long term, with an increase of 38% in the last three years.

Although Brighthouse Financial has shed US$174m from its market cap this week, let’s take a look at its longer term fundamental trends and see if they’ve driven returns.

See our latest analysis for Brighthouse Financial

Brighthouse Financial wasn’t profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last year Brighthouse Financial saw its revenue shrink by 39%. The stock is up 54% in that time, a fine performance given the revenue drop. We can correlate the share price rise with revenue or profit growth, but it seems the market had previously expected weaker results, and sentiment around the stock is improving.

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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This free interactive report on Brighthouse Financial’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

It’s nice to see that Brighthouse Financial shareholders have gained 54% (in total) over the last year. That’s better than the annualized TSR of 11% over the last three years. Given the track record of solid returns over varying time frames, it might be worth putting Brighthouse Financial on your watchlist. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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