Friday, 25 April 2014

Can Shares Rise Without Profit?

For larger companies looking to sell up, share prices are everything. Share prices indicate how much an investor stands to gain from ploughing money into your company, so they’re an important indicator of your value. This leads us at RTA Business to ask, can shares rise without profit?

Shares are a crucial measure of wealth for a business that has floated on the stock market (making shares available for investors). That means that you need to ensure that your share prices are as high as possible, so that a buyer will know that your business is valuable.

The most obvious factor in share price rise is profit margins. The amount of money you make is a direct reflection of the value of your business. However when profit margins don’t rise, is it possible for share prices to rise anyway?

Share Prices Rise at Yahoo
In fact, it really is possible to increase share price without profit and all you have to do is look at the latest market activity at search engine corporation Yahoo to see how.
At the moment profits at Yahoo are actually falling. There was a 20% fall in first quarter profit. It measured $312 million (£187 million). It still beat expectations, but it wasn’t exactly fantastic. However share prices, at the time of writing, had jumped 9%. How is this possible?

The company came out with a raft of facts of figures to assure investors that Yahoo is on its way up in the world. Apart from the fact that profits still beat expectations, overall revenue was actually at its highest since 2010. Yahoo raked in $1.1 billion in the first quarter, with display advertising revenue rising by 2% to stand at $409 million.

Yahoo’s share price was also spurred on by the fact that Chinese internet monolith, Alibaba, of which it  owns a whopping 24% stake, saw revenue rise 44% in the last quarter of 2013. Of the situation, Yahoo Chief Executive, Marissa Mayer said that she “is really pleased by our first-quarter performance."

What RTA Business Has to Say
So at RTA Business we remind you that share prices aren’t as simple as how much profit you’ve got in the bank. Investors, whilst they are certainly interested in profit, also use the long term likelihood of business success to measure a company’s worth on the international market.

On a wider scale, Yahoo’s impressive share price rise should remind those looking to sell their business right now that buyers look at the long term viability of your business. It’s not enough to have a strong profit margin.

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