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Should Tricida (NASDAQ:TCDA) Be Disappointed With Their 35% Profit?

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Passive investing in index funds can generate returns that roughly match the overall market. But investors can boost returns by picking market-beating companies to own shares in. For example, the Tricida, Inc. (NASDAQ:TCDA) share price is up 35% in the last year, clearly besting than the market return of around 4.6% (not including dividends). That's a solid performance by our standards! We'll need to follow Tricida for a while to get a better sense of its share price trend, since it hasn't been listed for particularly long.

View our latest analysis for Tricida

Tricida hasn't yet reported any revenue yet, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. As a result, we think it's unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Tricida will significantly advance the business plan before too long.

As a general rule, if a company doesn't have much revenue, and it loses money, then it is a high risk investment. There is usually a significant chance that they will need more money for business development, putting them at the mercy of capital markets. So the share price itself impacts the value of the shares (as it determines the cost of capital). While some companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing.

Tricida had cash in excess of all liabilities of US$154m when it last reported (March 2019). That's not too bad but management may have to think about raising capital or taking on debt, unless the company is close to breaking even. Given the share price has increased by a solid 35% in the last year, its fair to say investors remain excited about the future, despite the potential need for cash. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Tricida's cash levels have changed over time. You can see in the image below, how Tricida's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

NasdaqGS:TCDA Historical Debt, June 27th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. One thing you can do is check if company insiders are buying shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that's certainly a good thing. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Tricida shareholders have gained 35% over the last year. We regret to report that the share price is down 9.2% over ninety days. Shorter term share price moves often don't signify much about the business itself. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.

Tricida is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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