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If You Had Bought Datametrex AI (CVE:DM) Stock A Year Ago, You'd Be Sitting On A 67% Loss, Today

Simply Wall St

Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. Unfortunately, shareholders of Datametrex AI Limited (CVE:DM) have suffered share price declines over the last year. The share price has slid 67% in that time. Datametrex AI may have better days ahead, of course; we've only looked at a one year period. Furthermore, it's down 29% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

See our latest analysis for Datametrex AI

Because Datametrex AI is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. 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 year Datametrex AI saw its revenue grow by 334%. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. Meanwhile, the share price slid 67%. Typically a growth stock like this will be volatile, with some shareholders concerned about the red ink on the bottom line (that is, the losses). Generally speaking investors would consider a stock like this less risky once it turns a profit. But when do you think that will happen?

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

TSXV:DM Income Statement, July 30th 2019

We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Datametrex AI

A Different Perspective

While Datametrex AI shareholders are down 67% for the year, the market itself is up 1.1%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 29%, 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. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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

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