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The ERYTECH Pharma (EPA:ERYP) Share Price Is Down 83% So Some Shareholders Are Rather Upset

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It's nice to see the ERYTECH Pharma S.A. (EPA:ERYP) share price up 12% in a week. But will that repair the damage for the weary investors who have owned this stock as it declined over half a decade? Probably not. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 83% in that time. The recent bounce might mean the long decline is over, but we are not confident. The important question is if the business itself justifies a higher share price in the long term.

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 ERYTECH Pharma

ERYTECH Pharma isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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 half decade, ERYTECH Pharma saw its revenue increase by 16% per year. That's better than most loss-making companies. So on the face of it we're really surprised to see the share price has averaged a fall of 30% each year, in the same time period. It could be that the stock was over-hyped before. While there might be an opportunity here, you'd want to take a close look at the balance sheet strength.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

ENXTPA:ERYP Income Statement, November 5th 2019
ENXTPA:ERYP Income Statement, November 5th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling ERYTECH Pharma stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Investors in ERYTECH Pharma had a tough year, with a total loss of 40%, against a market gain of about 16%. 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. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 30% per year over five years. 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. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course ERYTECH Pharma may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.

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