Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. Unfortunately, shareholders of Orgenesis Inc. (NASDAQ:ORGS) have suffered share price declines over the last year. The share price is down a hefty 53% in that time. Longer term investors have fared much better, since the share price is up 38% in three years. Even worse, it's down 15% in about a month, which isn't fun at all.
Orgenesis 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Orgenesis grew its revenue by 85% over the last year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price slid 53%. Typically a growth stock like this will be volatile, with some shareholders concerned about the red ink on the bottom line (that is, the losses). Generally speaking investors would consider a stock like this less risky once it turns a profit. But when do you think that will happen?
The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).
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A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 12% in the last year, Orgenesis shareholders lost 53%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 6.2% per year over five years. 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 businesses. If you would like to research Orgenesis in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.
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