Americas Gold and Silver (TSE:USA) shareholders have endured a 75% loss from investing in the stock five years ago

Long term investing works well, but it doesn’t always work for each individual stock. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Anyone who held Americas Gold and Silver Corporation (TSE:USA) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 75% in that time. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 50%. Furthermore, it’s down 34% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.

So let’s have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business’ progress.

View our latest analysis for Americas Gold and Silver

Americas Gold and Silver isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. 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 five years Americas Gold and Silver saw its revenue shrink by 10.0% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 12% per year in that period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Ironically, that behavior could create an opportunity for the contrarian investor – but only if there are good reasons to predict a brighter future.

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

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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

Americas Gold and Silver shareholders are down 50% for the year, but the market itself is up 0.3%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 12% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. 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 Americas Gold and Silver is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about…

Of course Americas Gold and Silver may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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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