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Investors Who Bought Del Frisco's Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:DFRG) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 82%

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Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Imagine if you held Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DFRG) for half a decade as the share price tanked 82%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 66%. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 43% in the last three months. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

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.

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Check out our latest analysis for Del Frisco's Restaurant Group

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

Over five years, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group grew its revenue at 5.5% per year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. It's not so sure that share price crash of 29% per year is completely deserved, but the market is doubtless disappointed. While we're definitely wary of the stock, after that kind of performance, it could be an over-reaction. We'd recommend focussing any further research on the likelihood of profitability in the foreseeable future, given the muted revenue growth.

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.

NasdaqGS:DFRG Income Statement, May 21st 2019

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. So we recommend checking out this free report showing consensus forecasts

A Different Perspective

Del Frisco's Restaurant Group shareholders are down 66% for the year, but the market itself is up 4.8%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 29% 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. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are 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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