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Such Is Life: How Goldplat (LON:GDP) Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 51%

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If you love investing in stocks you're bound to buy some losers. Long term Goldplat PLC (LON:GDP) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Unfortunately, they have held through a 51% decline in the share price in that time. And the ride hasn't got any smoother in recent times over the last year, with the price 48% lower in that time. In contrast, the stock price has popped 9.3% in the last thirty days.

See our latest analysis for Goldplat

Goldplat isn't a profitable company, so it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last three years, Goldplat saw its revenue grow by 18% per year, compound. That's a pretty good rate of top-line growth. So some shareholders would be frustrated with the compound loss of 21% per year. To be frank we're surprised to see revenue growth and share price growth diverge so strongly. So this is one stock that might be worth investigating further, or even adding to your watchlist.

You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).

AIM:GDP Income Statement, August 1st 2019

We're pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Goldplat

A Different Perspective

Investors in Goldplat had a tough year, with a total loss of 48%, against a market gain of about 2.3%. 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 5.3% per year over five years. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.

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