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Introducing Vericel (NASDAQ:VCEL), The Stock That Soared 736% In The Last Three Years

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Generally speaking, investors are inspired to be stock pickers by the potential to find the big winners. You won't get it right every time, but when you do, the returns can be truly splendid. One bright shining star stock has been Vericel Corporation (NASDAQ:VCEL), which is 736% higher than three years ago. It's also up 19% in about a month.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

See our latest analysis for Vericel

Given that Vericel 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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 3 years Vericel saw its revenue grow at 22% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. In light of this attractive revenue growth, it seems somewhat appropriate that the share price has been rocketing, boasting a gain of 103% per year, over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like Vericel have been known to go on winning for decades. In fact, it might be time to put it on your watchlist, if you're not already familiar with the stock.

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

NasdaqCM:VCEL Income Statement, June 29th 2019

If you are thinking of buying or selling Vericel stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Vericel shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 95% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 36%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past 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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