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Investors Who Bought Bio-Path Holdings (NASDAQ:BPTH) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 98%

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Bio-Path Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BPTH) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 24% in the last month. But will that heal all the wounds inflicted over 5 years of declines? Unlikely. Like a ship taking on water, the share price has sunk 98% in that time. While the recent increase might be a green shoot, we're certainly hesitant to rejoice. The million dollar question is whether the company can justify a long term recovery.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.

View our latest analysis for Bio-Path Holdings

With just US$37,000 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Bio-Path Holdings to have proven its business plan. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. So it seems that the investors focused more on what could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). For example, they may be hoping that Bio-Path Holdings comes up with a great new product, before it runs out of money.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. You should be aware that there is always a chance that this sort of company will need to issue more shares to raise money to continue pursuing its business plan. While some companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as Bio-Path Holdings investors might realise.

Bio-Path Holdings had cash in excess of all liabilities of US$16m when it last reported (June 2019). While that's nothing to panic about, there is some possibility the company will raise more capital, especially if profits are not imminent. We'd venture that shareholders are concerned about the need for more capital, because the share price has dropped 54% per year, over 5 years . You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Bio-Path Holdings's cash levels have changed over time. The image below shows how Bio-Path Holdings's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

NasdaqCM:BPTH Historical Debt, October 29th 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? It would bother me, that's for sure. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Bio-Path Holdings has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 46% in the last twelve months. That certainly beats the loss of about 54% per year over the last half decade. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But note: Bio-Path Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

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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