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Some Paramount Resources (TSE:POU) Shareholders Have Taken A Painful 90% Share Price Drop

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We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Anyone who held Paramount Resources Ltd. (TSE:POU) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 90% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 57% in the last year. Unfortunately the share price momentum is still quite negative, with prices down 29% in thirty days.

While a drop like that is definitely a body blow, money isn't as important as health and happiness.

View our latest analysis for Paramount Resources

Given that Paramount Resources 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Over five years, Paramount Resources grew its revenue at 26% per year. That's better than most loss-making companies. So it's not at all clear to us why the share price sunk 36% throughout that time. You'd have to assume the market is worried that profits won't come soon enough. While there might be an opportunity here, you'd want to take a close look at the balance sheet strength.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

TSX:POU Income Statement, June 19th 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. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Paramount Resources

A Different Perspective

Investors in Paramount Resources had a tough year, with a total loss of 57%, against a market gain of about 1.4%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 36% over the last half decade. 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. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Paramount Resources by clicking this link.

Paramount Resources is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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