Introducing Liquidity Services, The Stock That Tanked 74%

Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean you should hold every stock forever. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 74%. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 18% in thirty days. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

View our latest analysis for Liquidity Services

Liquidity Services isn’t yet 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 five years Liquidity Services saw its revenue shrink by 18% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 24% per year in that 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.

NasdaqGS:LQDT Income Statement, February 27th 2019
NasdaqGS:LQDT Income Statement, February 27th 2019

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

A Different Perspective

Investors in Liquidity Services had a tough year, with a total loss of 1.6%, against a market gain of about 4.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. However, the loss over the last year isn’t as bad as the 24% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We’d need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. If you would like to research Liquidity Services in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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