Introducing Delphi Energy (TSE:DEE), The Stock That Collapsed 97%

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Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Spare a thought for those who held Delphi Energy Corp. (TSE:DEE) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 97%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 85% over the last twelve months. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 61% in the last 90 days.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Delphi Energy

Given that Delphi Energy 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. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Over five years, Delphi Energy grew its revenue at 0.07% per year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. It’s not so sure that share price crash of 49% per year is completely deserved, but the market is doubtless disappointed. While we’re definitely wary of the stock, after that kind of performance, it could be an over-reaction. We’d recommend focussing any further research on the likelihood of profitability in the foreseeable future, given the muted revenue growth.

TSX:DEE Income Statement, July 10th 2019
TSX:DEE Income Statement, July 10th 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

Investors in Delphi Energy had a tough year, with a total loss of 85%, against a market gain of about 0.6%. 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 49% 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. 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 Delphi Energy by clicking this link.

Delphi Energy 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 CA exchanges.

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