Some stocks are best avoided. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Imagine if you held Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACOR) for half a decade as the share price tanked 91%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 90%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 64% in the last three months.
We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.
Because Acorda Therapeutics is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last half decade, Acorda Therapeutics saw its revenue increase by 3.7% per year. That's far from impressive given all the money it is losing. It's not so sure that share price crash of 38% 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. We'd recommend focussing any further research on the likelihood of profitability in the foreseeable future, given the muted revenue growth.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Acorda Therapeutics shareholders are down 90% for the year, but the market itself is up 4.0%. 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 38% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
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