It might seem bad, but the worst that can happen when you buy a stock (without leverage) is that its share price goes to zero. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. To wit, the Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARWR) share price has flown 217% in the last three years. How nice for those who held the stock! On top of that, the share price is up 49% in about a quarter.
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals's revenue trended up 78% each year over three years. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price performance has been pretty solid at 47% compound over three years. But it does seem like the market is paying attention to strong revenue growth. That's not to say we think the share price is too high. In fact, it might be worth keeping an eye on this one.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It's always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 192% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 11% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. If you would like to research Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
We will like Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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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