Investing in Ocular Therapeutix (NASDAQ:OCUL) five years ago would have delivered you a 61% gain

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Ocular Therapeutix, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCUL) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 27% in the last quarter. But the silver lining is the stock is up over five years. In that time, it is up 61%, which isn’t bad, but is below the market return of 133%.

Now it’s worth having a look at the company’s fundamentals too, because that will help us determine if the long term shareholder return has matched the performance of the underlying business.

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Given that Ocular Therapeutix 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. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

For the last half decade, Ocular Therapeutix can boast revenue growth at a rate of 63% per year. That’s well above most pre-profit companies. While long-term shareholders have made money, the 10% per year gain over five years fall short of the market return. You could argue the market is still pretty skeptical, given the growing revenues. It could be that the stock was previously over-priced – but if you’re looking for underappreciated growth stocks, these numbers indicate that there might be an opportunity here.

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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Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.

A Different Perspective

We’re pleased to report that Ocular Therapeutix shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 41% over one year. That’s better than the annualised return of 10% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 3 warning signs with Ocular Therapeutix , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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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