Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. One such superstar is CRISPR Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ:CRSP), which saw its share price soar 411% in three years. On top of that, the share price is up 115% in about a quarter.
CRISPR Therapeutics wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.
CRISPR Therapeutics' revenue trended up 81% each year over three years. That's much better than most loss-making companies. In light of this attractive revenue growth, it seems somewhat appropriate that the share price has been rocketing, boasting a gain of 72% per year, over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like CRISPR Therapeutics have been known to go on winning for decades. In fact, it might be time to put it on your watchlist, if you're not already familiar with the stock.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
CRISPR Therapeutics is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think CRISPR Therapeutics will earn in the future (free analyst consensus estimates)
A Different Perspective
Pleasingly, CRISPR Therapeutics' total shareholder return last year was 241%. So this year's TSR was actually better than the three-year TSR (annualized) of 72%. The improving returns to shareholders suggests the stock is becoming more popular with time. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for CRISPR Therapeutics you should be aware of.
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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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