These days it's easy to simply buy an index fund, and your returns should (roughly) match the market. But you can significantly boost your returns by picking above-average stocks. For example, the Principia Biopharma Inc. (NASDAQ:PRNB) share price is up 13% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around 1.8% (not including dividends). So that should have shareholders smiling. We'll need to follow Principia Biopharma for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.
Principia Biopharma isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
In the last year Principia Biopharma saw its revenue grow by 172%. That's a head and shoulders above most loss-making companies. While the share price gain of 13% over twelve months is pretty tasty, you might argue it doesn't fully reflect the strong revenue growth. If that's the case, now might be the time to take a close look at Principia Biopharma. Human beings have trouble conceptualizing (and valuing) exponential growth. Is that what we're seeing here?
You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).
You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.
A Different Perspective
Principia Biopharma shareholders should be happy with the total gain of 13% over the last twelve months. A substantial portion of that gain has come in the last three months, with the stock up 6.1% in that time. Demand for the stock from multiple parties is pushing the price higher; it could be that word is getting out about its virtues as a business. You could get a better understanding of Principia Biopharma's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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