Some stocks are best avoided. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Spare a thought for those who held Amatheon Agri Holding N.V. (EPA:MLAAH) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 92%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 60% over the last twelve months. Furthermore, it’s down 28% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.
We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don’t have to lose the lesson.
Amatheon Agri Holding isn’t a profitable company, so it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.
This free interactive report on Amatheon Agri Holding’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Amatheon Agri Holding had a tough year, with a total loss of 60%, against a market gain of about 7.5%. 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 39% 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. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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.Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.
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