Can You Imagine How Chuffed Lattice Semiconductor’s (NASDAQ:LSCC) Shareholders Feel About Its 181% Share Price Gain?

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It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC) share price has flown 181% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! On top of that, the share price is up 29% in about a quarter.

Check out our latest analysis for Lattice Semiconductor

Because Lattice Semiconductor is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

In the last 3 years Lattice Semiconductor saw its revenue shrink by 2.4% per year. So we wouldn’t have expected the share price to gain 41% per year, but it has. It’s a good reminder that expectations about the future, not the past history, always impact share prices.

NasdaqGS:LSCC Income Statement, July 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:LSCC Income Statement, July 15th 2019

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling Lattice Semiconductor stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Lattice Semiconductor shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 155% over one year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 16%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares – and the price they paid.

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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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