Investors in Doctor Care Anywhere Group (ASX:DOC) have unfortunately lost 74% over the last year

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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 Doctor Care Anywhere Group PLC (ASX:DOC) shareholders if they were still in shock after the stock dropped like a lead balloon, down 74% in just one year. That'd be a striking reminder about the importance of diversification. Because Doctor Care Anywhere Group hasn't been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Doctor Care Anywhere Group

Given that Doctor Care Anywhere Group 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.

Doctor Care Anywhere Group grew its revenue by 116% over the last year. That's well above most other pre-profit companies. So the hefty 74% share price crash makes us think the company has somehow offended market participants. There's clearly something unusual going on here such as an acquisition that hasn't delivered expected profits. We'd recommend taking a very close look at the stock (and any available forecasts), before considering a purchase, because the share price is not correlated with the revenue growth, that's for sure. Of course, markets do over-react so share price drop may be too harsh.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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We like that insiders have been buying shares in the last twelve months. Even so, future earnings will be far more important to whether current shareholders make money. If you are thinking of buying or selling Doctor Care Anywhere Group stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

We doubt Doctor Care Anywhere Group shareholders are happy with the loss of 74% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 2.3%. That's disappointing, but it's worth keeping in mind that the market-wide selling wouldn't have helped. With the stock down 6.7% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Doctor Care Anywhere Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for Doctor Care Anywhere Group you should be aware of.

Doctor Care Anywhere Group is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

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

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