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Investing in Xebec Adsorption (TSE:XBC) five years ago would have delivered you a 861% gain

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Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSE:XBC) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 47% in the last quarter. But that doesn't undermine the fantastic longer term performance (measured over five years). Indeed, the share price is up a whopping 861% in that time. Arguably, the recent fall is to be expected after such a strong rise. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price. While the long term returns are impressive, we do have some sympathy for those who bought more recently, given the 82% drop, in the last year. Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

So let's investigate and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

View our latest analysis for Xebec Adsorption

Given that Xebec Adsorption 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 fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

For the last half decade, Xebec Adsorption can boast revenue growth at a rate of 42% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Arguably, this is well and truly reflected in the strong share price gain of 57%(per year) over the same period. It's never too late to start following a top notch stock like Xebec Adsorption, since some long term winners go on winning for decades. On the face of it, this looks lke a good opportunity, although we note sentiment seems very positive already.

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

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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. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Xebec Adsorption will earn in the future (free profit forecasts).

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 20% in the last year, Xebec Adsorption shareholders lost 82%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 57% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. 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 Xebec Adsorption is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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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 CA exchanges.

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