The Capstone Turbine (NASDAQ:CPST) Share Price Is Down 97% So Some Shareholders Are Very Salty

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We’re definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Imagine if you held Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ:CPST) for half a decade as the share price tanked 97%. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 45% in the last year. The silver lining is that the stock is up 1.9% in about a week.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.

See our latest analysis for Capstone Turbine

Capstone Turbine isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

In the last five years Capstone Turbine saw its revenue shrink by 11% per year. That’s definitely a weaker result than most pre-profit companies report. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 52% per year in that period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Ironically, that behavior could create an opportunity for the contrarian investor – but only if there are good reasons to predict a brighter future.

NasdaqCM:CPST Income Statement, July 2nd 2019
NasdaqCM:CPST Income Statement, July 2nd 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Capstone Turbine will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

Capstone Turbine shareholders are down 45% for the year, but the market itself is up 8.4%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 52% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. 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.

Capstone Turbine is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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