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Did The Underlying Business Drive Catalyst Pharmaceuticals's (NASDAQ:CPRX) Lovely 416% Share Price Gain?

Simply Wall St

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. For example, the Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX) share price is up a whopping 416% in the last three years, a handsome return for long term holders. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 11% gain in the last three months.

View our latest analysis for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals

Because Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.


You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqCM:CPRX Income Statement, October 25th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. You can see what analysts are predicting for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Catalyst Pharmaceuticals has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 70% in the last twelve months. Since the one-year TSR is better than the five-year TSR (the latter coming in at 15% per year), it would seem that the stock's performance has improved in recent times. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. 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.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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