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If You Had Bought Quintana Energy Services (NYSE:QES) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 74% Loss, Today

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As every investor would know, you don't hit a homerun every time you swing. But it's not unreasonable to try to avoid truly shocking capital losses. So spare a thought for the long term shareholders of Quintana Energy Services Inc. (NYSE:QES); the share price is down a whopping 74% in the last twelve months. That'd be enough to make even the strongest stomachs churn. Quintana Energy Services may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Furthermore, it's down 60% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

Check out our latest analysis for Quintana Energy Services

Quintana Energy Services isn't a profitable company, so it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

In the last twelve months, Quintana Energy Services increased its revenue by 22%. We think that is pretty nice growth. However, it seems like the market wanted more, since the share price is down 74%. It could be that the losses are too much for investors to handle without losing their nerve. It seems that the market has concerns about the future, because that share price action does not seem to reflect the revenue growth at all.

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

NYSE:QES Income Statement, July 19th 2019

Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

While Quintana Energy Services shareholders are down 74% for the year, the market itself is up 6.2%. 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. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 60%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Before spending more time on Quintana Energy Services it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

We will like Quintana Energy Services better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, 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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