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Investors Who Bought Posera (TSE:PAY) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 68%

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Generally speaking long term investing is the way to go. But unfortunately, some companies simply don't succeed. For example the Posera Ltd. (TSE:PAY) share price dropped 68% over five years. We certainly feel for shareholders who bought near the top. And it's not just long term holders hurting, because the stock is down 33% in the last year.

See our latest analysis for Posera

Posera isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Over half a decade Posera reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 19% for each year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. It seems appropriate, then, that the share price slid about 21% annually during that time. We don't generally like to own companies that lose money and don't grow revenues. You might be better off spending your money on a leisure activity. You'd want to research this company pretty thoroughly before buying, it looks a bit too risky for us.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

TSX:PAY Income Statement, August 16th 2019

You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Posera shareholders are down 33% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 1.2%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 21% 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. You could get a better understanding of Posera's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of 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 CA exchanges.

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