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Exasol (ETR:EXL) shareholders have endured a 64% loss from investing in the stock a year ago

Investing in stocks comes with the risk that the share price will fall. And there's no doubt that Exasol AG (ETR:EXL) stock has had a really bad year. In that relatively short period, the share price has plunged 64%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Exasol because we don't have a long term history to look at. Furthermore, it's down 28% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

Since shareholders are down over the longer term, lets look at the underlying fundamentals over the that time and see if they've been consistent with returns.

See our latest analysis for Exasol

Given that Exasol didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

Exasol grew its revenue by 10.0% over the last year. That's not a very high growth rate considering it doesn't make profits. Without profits, and with revenue growth sluggish, you get a 64% loss for shareholders, over the year. We'd want to see evidence that future revenue growth will be stronger before getting too interested. When a stock falls hard like this, it can signal an over-reaction. Our preference is to wait for a fundamental improvements before buying, but now could be a good time for some research.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

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This free interactive report on Exasol's balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

We doubt Exasol shareholders are happy with the loss of 64% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 24%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 28%, 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. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Even so, be aware that Exasol is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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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 DE exchanges.

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