Introducing Curis (NASDAQ:CRIS), The Stock That Tanked 93%

Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRIS) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 41% in the last quarter. But spare a thought for the long term holders, who have held the stock as it bled value over the last five years. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 93% in that time. So we don’t gain too much confidence from the recent recovery. The real question is whether the business can leave its past behind and improve itself over the years ahead.

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 Curis

Given that Curis 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. 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.

In the last five years Curis saw its revenue shrink by 9.3% per year. That’s definitely a weaker result than most pre-profit companies report. So it’s not altogether surprising to see the share price down 41% per year in the same time period. We don’t think this is a particularly promising picture. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.

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.

NasdaqGM:CRIS Income Statement, March 13th 2019
NasdaqGM:CRIS Income Statement, March 13th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling Curis stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 2.6% in the last year, Curis shareholders lost 72%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 41% over the last half decade. 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. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course Curis may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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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