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Those who invested in Alector (NASDAQ:ALEC) a year ago are up 134%

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Alector, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALEC) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 33% in the last quarter. But that doesn't detract from the splendid returns of the last year. Indeed, the share price is up an impressive 134% in that time. So we think most shareholders won't be too upset about the recent fall. Investors should be wondering whether the business itself has the fundamental value required to continue to drive gains.

Now it's worth having a look at the company's fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

Check out our latest analysis for Alector

Given that Alector 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. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Alector grew its revenue by 13% last year. That's not great considering the company is losing money. In contrast, the share price took off during the year, gaining 134%. We're happy that investors have made money, though we wonder if the increase will be sustained. We're not so sure that revenue growth is driving the market optimism about the stock.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Alector shareholders have gained 134% over the last year. Unfortunately the share price is down 33% over the last quarter. It may simply be that the share price got ahead of itself, although there may have been fundamental developments that are weighing on it. 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 Alector is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable...

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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 US exchanges.

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