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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don’t use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For instance, the price of Biomerica, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMRA) stock is up an impressive 187% over the last five years. In the last week shares have slid back 1.3%.
Because Biomerica is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
For the last half decade, Biomerica can boast revenue growth at a rate of 2.2% per year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering the bottom line. In comparison, the share price rise of 23% per year over the last half a decade is pretty impressive. While we wouldn’t be overly concerned, it might be worth checking whether you think the fundamental business gains really justify the share price action. Some might suggest that the sentiment around the stock is rather positive.
This free interactive report on Biomerica’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Biomerica had a tough year, with a total loss of 35%, against a market gain of about 7.0%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 23% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past 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 US exchanges.
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