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Nuvo Pharmaceuticals Inc. (TSE:NRI) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 13% in the last month. But that is meagre solace in the face of the shocking decline over three years. The share price has sunk like a leaky ship, down 89% in that time. So it sure is nice to see a big of an improvement. Only time will tell if the company can sustain the turnaround.
We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It's a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it's worth keeping in mind there's more to life than money, anyway.
Because Nuvo Pharmaceuticals is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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.
In the last three years Nuvo Pharmaceuticals saw its revenue shrink by 9.7% per year. That is not a good result. Having said that the 52% annualized share price decline highlights the risk of investing in unprofitable companies. This business clearly needs to grow revenues if it is to perform as investors hope. Don't let a share price decline ruin your calm. You make better decisions when you're calm.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
This free interactive report on Nuvo Pharmaceuticals's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Nuvo Pharmaceuticals had a tough year, with a total loss of 70%, against a market gain of about 1.2%. 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 23% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should 'buy when there is blood on the streets', but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. You could get a better understanding of Nuvo Pharmaceuticals's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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