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Easy Come, Easy Go: How Diebold Nixdorf (NYSE:DBD) Shareholders Got Unlucky And Saw 89% Of Their Cash Evaporate

Simply Wall St

Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (NYSE:DBD) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 89%. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 67% in the last year. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 65% in the last 90 days.

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 Diebold Nixdorf

Diebold Nixdorf isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

Over five years, Diebold Nixdorf grew its revenue at 15% per year. That's better than most loss-making companies. So it's not at all clear to us why the share price sunk 35% throughout that time. You'd have to assume the market is worried that profits won't come soon enough. While there might be an opportunity here, you'd want to take a close look at the balance sheet strength.

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

NYSE:DBD Income Statement April 15th 2020

It's probably worth noting we've seen significant insider buying in the last quarter, which we consider a positive. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling Diebold Nixdorf stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Diebold Nixdorf shareholders are down 67% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 3.5%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 34% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Diebold Nixdorf .

Diebold Nixdorf is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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