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SomaLogic (NASDAQ:SLGC) investors are sitting on a loss of 49% if they invested a year ago

The simplest way to benefit from a rising market is to buy an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. That downside risk was realized by SomaLogic, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGC) shareholders over the last year, as the share price declined 49%. That contrasts poorly with the market decline of 5.1%. SomaLogic hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. Even worse, it's down 20% in about a month, which isn't fun at all. But this could be related to poor market conditions -- stocks are down 8.8% in the same time.

It's worthwhile assessing if the company's economics have been moving in lockstep with these underwhelming shareholder returns, or if there is some disparity between the two. So let's do just that.

Check out our latest analysis for SomaLogic

SomaLogic 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. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last twelve months, SomaLogic increased its revenue by 46%. That's a strong result which is better than most other loss making companies. The share price drop of 49% over twelve months would be considered disappointing by many, so you might argue the company is getting little credit for its impressive revenue growth. On the bright side, if this company is moving profits in the right direction, top-line growth like that could be an opportunity. Our monkey brains haven't evolved to think exponentially, so humans do tend to underestimate companies that have exponential growth.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

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We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on SomaLogic

A Different Perspective

We doubt SomaLogic shareholders are happy with the loss of 49% over twelve months. That falls short of the market, which lost 5.1%. There's no doubt that's a disappointment, but the stock may well have fared better in a stronger market. With the stock down 15% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand SomaLogic better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that SomaLogic is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about...

SomaLogic is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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