Investors five-year losses grow to 79% as the stock sheds US$60m this past week

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 15, 2022
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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Radius Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDUS) share price has gained 24% in the last three months. But will that heal all the wounds inflicted over 5 years of declines? Unlikely. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 79% in that time. It's true that the recent bounce could signal the company is turning over a new leaf, but we are not so sure. The fundamental business performance will ultimately determine if the turnaround can be sustained.

Since Radius Health has shed US$60m from its value in the past 7 days, let's see if the longer term decline has been driven by the business' economics.

View our latest analysis for Radius Health

Radius Health isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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 half decade, Radius Health saw its revenue increase by 46% per year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. So it's not at all clear to us why the share price sunk 12% throughout that time. You'd have to assume the market is worried that profits won't come soon enough. While there might be an opportunity here, you'd want to take a close look at the balance sheet strength.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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NasdaqGM:RDUS Earnings and Revenue Growth April 15th 2022

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

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 0.9% in the twelve months, Radius Health shareholders did even worse, losing 60%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there's a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 12% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Radius Health better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Radius Health .

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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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