Such Is Life: How LightPath Technologies (NASDAQ:LPTH) Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 57%

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It’s nice to see the LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPTH) share price up 13% in a week. But that’s not enough to compensate for the decline over the last twelve months. Specifically, the stock price slipped by 57% in that time. It’s not that amazing to see a bounce after a drop like that. You could argue that the sell-off was too severe.

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Given that LightPath Technologies 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. 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.

LightPath Technologies’s revenue didn’t grow at all in the last year. In fact, it fell 1.1%. That looks pretty grim, at a glance. In the absence of profits, it’s not unreasonable that the share price fell 57%. Fingers crossed this is the low ebb for the stock. We don’t generally like to own companies with falling revenues and no profits, so we’re pretty cautious of this one, at the moment.

NasdaqCM:LPTH Income Statement, July 5th 2019
NasdaqCM:LPTH Income Statement, July 5th 2019

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A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 8.5% in the last year, LightPath Technologies shareholders lost 57%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 4.9% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. If you would like to research LightPath Technologies in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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