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If You Had Bought Kadmon Holdings (NYSE:KDMN) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 22% Loss, Today

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Kadmon Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KDMN) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 50% in the last month. But that doesn't change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. In fact the stock is down 22% in the last year, well below the market return.

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Kadmon Holdings recorded just US$1,031,000 in revenue over the last twelve months, which isn't really enough for us to consider it to have a proven product. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Kadmon Holdings has the funding to invent a new product before too long.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is usually a significant chance that they will need more money for business development, putting them at the mercy of capital markets. So the share price itself impacts the value of the shares (as it determines the cost of capital). While some such companies go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt.

Kadmon Holdings had cash in excess of all liabilities of just US$24m when it last reported (March 2019). So if it hasn't remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. With that in mind, you can understand why the share price dropped 22% in the last year. The image below shows how Kadmon Holdings's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image. The image below shows how Kadmon Holdings's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

NYSE:KDMN Historical Debt, July 18th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I'd like that just about as much as I like to drink milk and fruit juice mixed together. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

While Kadmon Holdings shareholders are down 22% for the year, the market itself is up 5.7%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 16%, in the last ninety days. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). You could get a better understanding of Kadmon Holdings'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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