Is Morphic Holding's (NASDAQ:MORF) 120% Share Price Increase Well Justified?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 01, 2021
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While Morphic Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORF) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 12% in the last quarter. On the other hand, over the last twelve months the stock has delivered rather impressive returns. During that period, the share price soared a full 120%. So some might not be surprised to see the price retrace some. Investors should be wondering whether the business itself has the fundamental value required to continue to drive gains.

View our latest analysis for Morphic Holding

Because Morphic Holding made a loss in the last twelve months, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

In the last year Morphic Holding saw its revenue grow by 158%. That's stonking growth even when compared to other loss-making stocks. And the share price has responded, gaining 120% as we previously mentioned. It's great to see strong revenue growth, but the question is whether it can be sustained. The strong share price rise indicates optimism, so there may be a better opportunity for buyers as the hype fades a bit.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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NasdaqGM:MORF Earnings and Revenue Growth July 1st 2021

It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling Morphic Holding stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Morphic Holding shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 120% over the last twelve months. Unfortunately the share price is down 12% over the last quarter. Shorter term share price moves often don't signify much about the business itself. 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. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Morphic Holding (1 is potentially serious) that you should be aware of.

Morphic Holding 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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