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Aemetis' (NASDAQ:AMTX) investors will be pleased with their fantastic 631% return over the last five years

Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMTX) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 40% in the last quarter. But that doesn't undermine the fantastic longer term performance (measured over five years). To be precise, the stock price is 631% higher than it was five years ago, a wonderful performance by any measure. So it might be that some shareholders are taking profits after good performance. The most important thing for savvy investors to consider is whether the underlying business can justify the share price gain. Unfortunately not all shareholders will have held it for the long term, so spare a thought for those caught in the 53% decline over the last twelve months. Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

See our latest analysis for Aemetis

Given that Aemetis 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last 5 years Aemetis saw its revenue grow at 7.4% per year. That's a pretty good long term growth rate. Arguably it's more than reflected in the very strong share price gain of 49% a year over a half a decade. It might not be cheap but a (long-term) growth stock like this is usually well worth taking a closer look at.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Aemetis shareholders are down 53% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 7.7%. 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. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 49% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Aemetis better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Aemetis is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those shouldn't be ignored...

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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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