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Low-cost index funds make it easy to achieve average market returns. But in any diversified portfolio of stocks, you'll see some that fall short of the average. Unfortunately for shareholders, while the Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO) share price is up 39% in the last three years, that falls short of the market return. Unfortunately, the share price has fallen 21% over twelve months.
Harvard Bioscience 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.
Over the last three years Harvard Bioscience has grown its revenue at 4.1% annually. Considering the company is losing money, we think that rate of revenue growth is uninspiring. The market doesn't seem too pleased with the revenue growth rate, given the modest 12% annual share price gain over three years. It seems likely that we'll have to zoom in on the data more closely to understand if there is an opportunity here.
Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.
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A Different Perspective
Investors in Harvard Bioscience had a tough year, with a total loss of 21%, against a market gain of about 10%. 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 1.8% 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. Before spending more time on Harvard Bioscience it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
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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