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Investing can be hard but the potential fo an individual stock to pay off big time inspires us. You won’t get it right every time, but when you do, the returns can be truly splendid. One such superstar is Catasys, Inc. (NASDAQ:CATS), which saw its share price soar 313% in three years. It’s also good to see the share price up 79% over the last quarter.
Because Catasys is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
In the last 3 years Catasys saw its revenue grow at 48% per year. That’s much better than most loss-making companies. And it’s not just the revenue that is taking off. The share price is up 60% per year in that time. Despite the strong run, top performers like Catasys have been known to go on winning for decades. So we’d recommend you take a closer look at this one, or even put it on your watchlist.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Catasys
A Different Perspective
It’s good to see that Catasys has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 161% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 11%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. 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.
If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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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