Some Alexium International Group (ASX:AJX) Shareholders Have Taken A Painful 79% Share Price Drop

While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the Alexium International Group Limited (ASX:AJX) share price up 17% in a single quarter. But the last three years have seen a terrible decline. Indeed, the share price is down a whopping 79% in the last three years. Arguably, the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. Only time will tell if the company can sustain the turnaround.

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Given that Alexium International Group didn’t make a profit in the last twelve months, we’ll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good 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 three years, Alexium International Group saw its revenue grow by 34% per year, compound. That is faster than most pre-profit companies. So why has the share priced crashed 40% per year, in the same time? You’d want to take a close look at the balance sheet, as well as the losses. Ultimately, revenue growth doesn’t amount to much if the business can’t scale well. If the company is low on cash, it may have to raise capital soon.

You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).

ASX:AJX Income Statement, April 23rd 2019
ASX:AJX Income Statement, April 23rd 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. Before buying or selling a stock, we always recommend a close examination of historic growth trends, available here..

A Different Perspective

Alexium International Group shareholders are down 18% for the year, but the market itself is up 11%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 2.4%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Alexium International Group by clicking this link.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on AU exchanges.

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