The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But if you buy shares in a really great company, you can more than double your money. For example, the Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:SGMO) share price has soared 129% in the last three years. That sort of return is as solid as granite.
Given that Sangamo Therapeutics 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
Over the last three years Sangamo Therapeutics has grown its revenue at 51% annually. That's much better than most loss-making companies. Along the way, the share price gained 32% per year, a solid pop by our standards. This suggests the market has recognized the progress the business has made, at least to a significant degree. Nonetheless, we'd say Sangamo Therapeutics is still worth investigating - successful businesses can often keep growing for long periods.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Sangamo Therapeutics had a tough year, with a total loss of 28%, against a market gain of about 26%. 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 9.0% over the last half decade. 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 business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Sangamo Therapeutics better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Sangamo Therapeutics you should know about.
We will like Sangamo Therapeutics better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
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