We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Anyone who held Lilis Energy, Inc. (NYSEMKT:LLEX) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 99% in that time. And it's not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 91% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 37% in the last three months.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn't as important as health and happiness.
Lilis Energy 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.
Over five years, Lilis Energy grew its revenue at 72% per year. That's better than most loss-making companies. So on the face of it we're really surprised to see the share price has averaged a fall of 57% each year, in the same time period. It could be that the stock was over-hyped before. While there might be an opportunity here, you'd want to take a close look at the balance sheet strength.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Lilis Energy will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 15% in the last year, Lilis Energy shareholders lost 91%. 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 57% 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. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.
Lilis Energy is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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