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If You Had Bought Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FOLD) Stock Five Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 227% Gain Today

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It hasn't been the best quarter for Amicus Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOLD) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 12% in that time. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been very strong. It's fair to say most would be happy with 227% the gain in that time. We think it's more important to dwell on the long term returns than the short term returns. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

View our latest analysis for Amicus Therapeutics

Given that Amicus 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. 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 5 years Amicus Therapeutics saw its revenue grow at 66% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, its share price performance certainly reflects the strong growth, given the share price grew at 27% per year, compound, during the period. This suggests the market has well and truly recognized the progress the business has made. Amicus Therapeutics seems like a high growth stock - so growth investors might want to add it to their watchlist.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NasdaqGM:FOLD Income Statement, July 4th 2019

Amicus Therapeutics is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. If you are thinking of buying or selling Amicus Therapeutics stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst consensus estimates for future profits.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Amicus Therapeutics had a tough year, with a total loss of 21%, against a market gain of about 9.4%. 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. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 27%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. You could get a better understanding of Amicus Therapeutics's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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