It's not possible to invest over long periods without making some bad investments. But really big losses can really drag down an overall portfolio. So take a moment to sympathize with the long term shareholders of Aqua Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AQMS), who have seen the share price tank a massive 81% over a three year period. That might cause some serious doubts about the merits of the initial decision to buy the stock, to put it mildly. And over the last year the share price fell 34%, so we doubt many shareholders are delighted. On top of that, the share price is down 11% in the last week.
While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn't as important as health and happiness.
Given that Aqua Metals 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. 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.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
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. If you are thinking of buying or selling Aqua Metals stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.
A Different Perspective
Aqua Metals shareholders are down 34% for the year, but the broader market is up 3.8%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 43% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last three years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. 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.
Aqua Metals is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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