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Those Who Purchased Melinta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MLNT) Shares A Year Ago Have A 96% Loss To Show For It

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As every investor would know, you don't hit a homerun every time you swing. But it should be a priority to avoid stomach churning catastrophes, wherever possible. It must have been painful to be a Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLNT) shareholder over the last year, since the stock price plummeted 96% in that time. That'd be a striking reminder about the importance of diversification. Melinta Therapeutics may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 63% in the last 90 days.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.

View our latest analysis for Melinta Therapeutics

Melinta Therapeutics isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last twelve months, Melinta Therapeutics increased its revenue by 265%. That's a strong result which is better than most other loss making companies. So on the face of it we're really surprised to see the share price down 96% over twelve months. Something weird is definitely impacting the stock price; we'd venture the company has destroyed value somehow. What is clear is that the market is not judging the company on its revenue growth right now. Of course, investors do over-react when they are stressed out, so the sell-off could be unjustifiably severe.

Depicted in the graphic below, you'll see revenue and earnings over time. If you want more detail, you can click on the chart itself.

NasdaqGS:MLNT Income Statement, June 14th 2019

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A Different Perspective

While Melinta Therapeutics shareholders are down 96% for the year, the market itself is up 3.2%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 63%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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