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OptiNose, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTN) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 14% in the last month. But that hardly compensates for the shocking decline over the last twelve months. During that time the share price has plummeted like a stone, down 73%. It's not uncommon to see a bounce after a drop like that. Only time will tell if the company can sustain the turnaround.
Because OptiNose is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
OptiNose grew its revenue by 1134% over the last year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. So the hefty 73% share price crash makes us think the company has somehow offended market participants. There's clearly something unusual going on here such as an acquisition that hasn't delivered expected profits. We'd recommend taking a very close look at the stock (and any available forecasts), before considering a purchase, because the share price is not correlated with the revenue growth, that's for sure. Of course, markets do over-react so share price drop may be too harsh.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
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. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think OptiNose will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 7.0% in the last year, OptiNose shareholders might be miffed that they lost 73%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 27%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. 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 OptiNose by clicking this link.
OptiNose is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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