Some stocks are best avoided. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Imagine if you held Jounce Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:JNCE) for half a decade as the share price tanked 80%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 33% over the last twelve months. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 40% in the last three months. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report. We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.
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.
Given that Jounce Therapeutics 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. 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.
Over half a decade Jounce Therapeutics reduced its trailing twelve month revenue by 2.8% for each year. While far from catastrophic that is not good. The share price fall of 12% (per year, over five years) is a stern reminder that money-losing companies are expected to grow revenue. We’re generally averse to companies with declining revenues, but we’re not alone in that. That is not really what the successful investors we know aim for.
You can see below how earnings and revenue have changed over time (discover the exact values by clicking on the image).
Take a more thorough look at Jounce Therapeutics’ financial health with this free report on its balance sheet.
A Different Perspective
We regret to report that Jounce Therapeutics shareholders are down 33% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 10%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 12% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should “buy when there is blood on the streets”, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Jounce Therapeutics better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Jounce Therapeutics that you should be aware of before investing here.
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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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