Ok, IG, let's look at that chart. Now click on the little compare to box next to "Nasdaq" and type in the name of a truly respectable database company and, say, that infamous competitor of ASCL, in the compare to symbols field ("ORCL+INFA") and then click the "compare" button.
Let us see. Hmm, ASCL is neck and neck with the NASDAQ, and has done better over that time period than the infamous Oracle and the INFAmous competitor.
I'm no big fan of ASCL or its management, but you won't make any points using context-free data like that.