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. Imagine if you held The ExOne Company (NASDAQ:XONE) for half a decade as the share price tanked 74%. Furthermore, it's down 16% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
Because ExOne is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Over five years, ExOne grew its revenue at 11% per year. That's a fairly respectable growth rate. So it is unexpected to see the stock down 24% per year in the last five years. The truth is that the growth might be below expectations, and investors are probably worried about the continual losses.
The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).
If you are thinking of buying or selling ExOne stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 1.0% in the last year, ExOne shareholders lost 7.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 24% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We'd need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
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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 US exchanges.
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