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Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVNC) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 16% in the last month. But don't envy holders -- looking back over 5 years the returns have been really bad. In fact, the share price has declined rather badly, down some 59% in that time. Some might say the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. Of course, this could be the start of a turnaround.
Because Revance Therapeutics is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.
In the last half decade, Revance Therapeutics saw its revenue increase by 51% per year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Unfortunately for shareholders the share price has dropped 16% per year - disappointing considering the growth. It's safe to say investor expectations are more grounded now. Given the revenue growth we'd consider the stock to be quite an interesting prospect if the company has a clear path to profitability.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
This free interactive report on Revance Therapeutics's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Revance Therapeutics shareholders are down 57% for the year, but the market itself is up 6.2%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 16% over the last half decade. 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. You could get a better understanding of Revance Therapeutics's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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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