The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But every investor is virtually certain to have both over-performing and under-performing stocks. So we wouldn’t blame long term Cytokinetics, Incorporated (NASDAQ:CYTK) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 43% over a half decade. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 29% in the last year. Furthermore, it’s down 21% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
Cytokinetics 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last five years Cytokinetics saw its revenue shrink by 1.8% per year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. The stock hasn’t done well for shareholders in the last five years, falling 11%, annualized. But it doesn’t surprise given the falling revenue. It might be worth watching for signs of a turnaround – buyers are probably expecting one.
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
Balance sheet strength is crucual. 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 the broader market gained around 2.6% in the last year, Cytokinetics shareholders lost 29%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 11% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. You could get a better understanding of Cytokinetics’s growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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