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Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. But when you hold the right stock for the right time period, the rewards can be truly huge. One such superstar is PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTCT), which saw its share price soar 511% in three years. On top of that, the share price is up 15% in about a quarter.
Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.
Given that Therapeutics didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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.
In the last 3 years Therapeutics saw its revenue grow at 54% per year. That's much better than most loss-making companies. In light of this attractive revenue growth, it seems somewhat appropriate that the share price has been rocketing, boasting a gain of 83% per year, over the same period. It's always tempting to take profits after a share price gain like that, but high-growth companies like Therapeutics can sometimes sustain strong growth for many years. In fact, it might be time to put it on your watchlist, if you're not already familiar with the stock.
You can see how revenue and earnings have changed over time in the image below, (click on the chart to see cashflow).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Therapeutics shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 11% over the last year. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 9.3% 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. Before spending more time on Therapeutics it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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