It hasn’t been the best quarter for Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 24% in that time. In contrast, the return over three years has been impressive. Indeed, the share price is up a very strong 245% in that time. To some, the recent share price pullback wouldn’t be surprising after such a good run. The fundamental business performance will ultimately dictate whether the top is in, or if this is a stellar buying opportunity.
Because Esperion Therapeutics 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
It’s probably worth noting we’ve seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Esperion Therapeutics stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
Esperion Therapeutics shareholders are down 21% for the year, but the market itself is up 2.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 20%, each year, over five years. 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. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Esperion Therapeutics by clicking this link.
Esperion Therapeutics is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.
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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