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Did Business Growth Power iAnthus Capital Holdings's (CNSX:IAN) Share Price Gain of 140%?

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iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (CNSX:IAN) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 32% in the last quarter. But that doesn't undermine the rather lovely longer-term return, if you measure over the last three years. The share price marched upwards over that time, and is now 140% higher than it was. To some, the recent share price pullback wouldn't be surprising after such a good run. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

Check out our latest analysis for iAnthus Capital Holdings

iAnthus Capital Holdings isn't a profitable company, so it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. 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.

Over the last three years iAnthus Capital Holdings has grown its revenue at 134% annually. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Along the way, the share price gained 34% per year, a solid pop by our standards. But it does seem like the market is paying attention to strong revenue growth. Nonetheless, we'd say iAnthus Capital Holdings is still worth investigating - successful businesses can often keep growing for long periods.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

CNSX:IAN Income Statement, September 6th 2019

It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling iAnthus Capital Holdings stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

iAnthus Capital Holdings shareholders are down 53% for the year, but the broader market is up 1.6%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Investors are up over three years, booking 34% per year, much better than the more recent returns. The recent sell-off could be an opportunity if the business remains sound, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long-term growth trend. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of iAnthus Capital Holdings by clicking this link.

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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 CA exchanges.

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