Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn’t mean you should hold every stock forever. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Spare a thought for those who held Advenis SA (EPA:ADV) for five whole years – as the share price tanked 85%. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 18% in the last 90 days. But this could be related to the weak market, which is down 25% in the same period.
We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.
See our latest analysis for Advenis
Given that Advenis didn’t make a profit in the last twelve months, we’ll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
In the last half decade, Advenis saw its revenue increase by 0.3% per year. That’s not a very high growth rate considering it doesn’t make profits. It’s not so sure that share price crash of 32% per year is completely deserved, but the market is doubtless disappointed. We’d be pretty cautious about this one, although the sell-off may be too severe. A company like this generally needs to produce profits before it can find favour with new investors.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
While it’s never nice to take a loss, Advenis shareholders can take comfort that their trailing twelve month loss of 12% wasn’t as bad as the market loss of around 15%. Of far more concern is the 32% p.a. loss served to shareholders over the last five years. This sort of share price action isn’t particularly encouraging, but at least the losses are slowing. 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 3 warning signs with Advenis (at least 1 which is a bit concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.
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