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Easy Come, Easy Go: How Chanticleer Holdings (NASDAQ:BURG) Shareholders Torched 96% Of Their Cash

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Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Anyone who held Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BURG) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 96% in that time. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 73%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 46% in the last three months.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.

View our latest analysis for Chanticleer Holdings

Because Chanticleer Holdings 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 fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

Over five years, Chanticleer Holdings grew its revenue at 13% per year. That's a fairly respectable growth rate. So the stock price fall of 49% per year seems pretty steep. The market can be a harsh master when your company is losing money and revenue growth disappoints.

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

NasdaqCM:BURG Income Statement, July 16th 2019

Take a more thorough look at Chanticleer Holdings's financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Chanticleer Holdings shareholders are down 73% for the year, but the market itself is up 7.0%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 49% over the last half decade. 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 would like to research Chanticleer Holdings in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

But note: Chanticleer Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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