Investors one-year losses grow to 72% as the stock sheds US$188m this past week

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The art and science of stock market investing requires a tolerance for losing money on some of the shares you buy. But it would be foolish to simply accept every extremely large loss as an inevitable part of the game. We wouldn’t blame Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) shareholders if they were still in shock after the stock dropped like a lead balloon, down 72% in just one year. That’d be a striking reminder about the importance of diversification. We note that it has not been easy for shareholders over three years, either; the share price is down 49% in that time. Furthermore, it’s down 46% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

Given the past week has been tough on shareholders, let’s investigate the fundamentals and see what we can learn.

Check out our latest analysis for Avaya Holdings

Avaya Holdings wasn’t profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. That’s because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In just one year Avaya Holdings saw its revenue fall by 1.2%. That’s not what investors generally want to see. The market obviously agrees, since the share price tanked 72%. Holders should not lose the lesson: loss making companies should grow revenue. But markets do over-react, so there opportunity for investors who are willing to take the time to dig deeper and understand the business.

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

The last twelve months weren’t great for Avaya Holdings shares, which performed worse than the market, costing holders 72%. The market shed around 9.8%, no doubt weighing on the stock price. The three-year loss of 14% per year isn’t as bad as the last twelve months, suggesting that the company has not been able to convince the market it has solved its problems. We would be wary of buying into a company with unsolved problems, although some investors will buy into struggling stocks if they believe the price is sufficiently attractive. 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. Even so, be aware that Avaya Holdings is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is significant…

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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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