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Shareholders in Katapult Holdings (NASDAQ:KPLT) are in the red if they invested a year ago

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  • KPLT

Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. Anyone who held Katapult Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:KPLT) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. The share price has slid 58% in that time. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Katapult Holdings because we don't have a long term history to look at. And the share price decline continued over the last week, dropping some 9.2%.

Now let's have a look at the company's fundamentals, and see if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

See our latest analysis for Katapult Holdings

Katapult Holdings isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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.

Katapult Holdings grew its revenue by 80% over the last year. That's a strong result which is better than most other loss making companies. In contrast the share price is down 58% over twelve months. Yes, the market can be a fickle mistress. 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?

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

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It's good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That's a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Katapult Holdings stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 33% in the last year, Katapult Holdings shareholders might be miffed that they lost 58%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. With the stock down 2.6% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Katapult Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with Katapult Holdings , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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