Statistically speaking, long term investing is a profitable endeavour. But along the way some stocks are going to perform badly. For example, after five long years the Paion AG (ETR:PA8) share price is a whole 58% lower. That's not a lot of fun for true believers. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 40%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 23% in the last three months. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 13% in the same period.
After losing 11% this past week, it's worth investigating the company's fundamentals to see what we can infer from past performance.
Given that Paion 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Over five years, Paion grew its revenue at 25% per year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Unfortunately for shareholders the share price has dropped 10% per year - disappointing considering the growth. This could mean high expectations have been tempered, potentially because investors are looking to the bottom line. Given the revenue growth we'd consider the stock to be quite an interesting prospect if the company has a clear path to profitability.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
If you are thinking of buying or selling Paion stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market lost about 8.3% in the twelve months, Paion shareholders did even worse, losing 40%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 9% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild 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 business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Paion better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Paion you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on DE exchanges.
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