Investors in Basilea Pharmaceutica (VTX:BSLN) have unfortunately lost 39% over the last five years
Basilea Pharmaceutica AG (VTX:BSLN) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 13% in the last quarter. But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. In fact, the share price is down 39%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.
So let's have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.
View our latest analysis for Basilea Pharmaceutica
While Basilea Pharmaceutica made a small profit, in the last year, we think that the market is probably more focussed on the top line growth at the moment. Generally speaking, we'd consider a stock like this alongside loss-making companies, simply because the quantum of the profit is so low. It would be hard to believe in a more profitable future without growing revenues.
Over five years, Basilea Pharmaceutica grew its revenue at 7.0% per year. That's a fairly respectable growth rate. Shareholders have seen the share price fall at 7% per year, for five years: a poor performance. Clearly, the expectations from back then have not been satisfied. The lesson is that if you buy shares in a money losing company you could end up losing money.
The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).
We know that Basilea Pharmaceutica has improved its bottom line lately, but what does the future have in store? This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Basilea Pharmaceutica
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that Basilea Pharmaceutica has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 8.4% in the last twelve months. Notably the five-year annualised TSR loss of 7% per year compares very unfavourably with the recent share price performance. The long term loss makes us cautious, but the short term TSR gain certainly hints at a brighter future. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Take risks, for example - Basilea Pharmaceutica has 3 warning signs (and 2 which don't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.
If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.
Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on CH exchanges.
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