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Athenex, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATNX) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 10% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been less than pleasing. After all, the share price is down 27% in the last three years, significantly under-performing the market.

Check out our latest analysis for Athenex

Given that Athenex 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

In the last three years, Athenex saw its revenue grow by 42% per year, compound. That’s well above most other pre-profit companies. While its revenue increased, the share price dropped at a rate of 8% per year. That seems like an unlucky result for holders. It’s possible that the prior share price assumed unrealistically high future growth. Before considering a purchase, investors should consider how quickly expenses are growing, relative to revenue.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

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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. That said, we think earnings and revenue growth trends are even more important factors to consider. If you are thinking of buying or selling Athenex stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Athenex produced a TSR of 4.2% over the last year. While you don’t go broke making a profit, this return was actually lower than the average market return of about 18%. On the bright side, that’s certainly better than the yearly loss of about 8% endured over the last three years, implying that the company is doing better recently. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Athenex better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that Athenex is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those shouldn’t be ignored…

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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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