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Introducing Valaris (NYSE:VAL), The Stock That Collapsed 96%

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding strongValaris plc/strong (a target=_blank href=https://simplywall.st/stocks/us/energy/nyse-val/valaris?utm_medium=finance_useramp;utm_campaign=introamp;utm_source=yahooamp;blueprint=1085259 rel=nofollow noopenerNYSE:VAL/a) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 96%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 79% over the last twelve months. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 35%. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading a target=_blank href=https://simplywall.st/stocks/us/energy/nyse-val/valaris?utm_medium=finance_useramp;utm_campaign=integrated-pitchamp;utm_source=yahooamp;blueprint=1085259 rel=nofollow noopenerour company report/a.” data-reactid=”27″>We’re definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We don’t wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Valaris plc (NYSE:VAL) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 96%. And we doubt long term believers are the only worried holders, since the stock price has declined 79% over the last twelve months. The last week also saw the share price slip down another 35%. This could be related to the recent financial results – you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don’t have to lose the lesson.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="span class=veryHighlightLinka target=_blank href=https://simplywall.st/stocks/us/energy/nyse-val/valaris?utm_medium=finance_useramp;utm_campaign=ctaamp;utm_source=yahooamp;blueprint=1085259 rel=nofollow noopener See our latest analysis for Valaris /a/span” data-reactid=”29″> See our latest analysis for Valaris

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Valaris isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.” data-reactid=”30″>Valaris isn’t currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. When a company doesn’t make profits, we’d generally expect to see good revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In the last five years Valaris saw its revenue shrink by 24% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 49% per year in that period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.” data-reactid=”31″>In the last five years Valaris saw its revenue shrink by 24% per year. That puts it in an unattractive cohort, to put it mildly. So it’s not that strange that the share price dropped 49% per year in that period. This kind of price performance makes us very wary, especially when combined with falling revenue. Of course, the poor performance could mean the market has been too severe selling down. That can happen.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).” data-reactid=”32″>You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Valaris is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. If you are thinking of buying or selling Valaris stock, you should check out this strongfree/strong a target=_blank href=https://simplywall.st/stocks/us/energy/nyse-val/valaris?utm_medium=finance_useramp;utm_campaign=integrated-pitchamp;utm_source=yahooamp;blueprint=1085259#future rel=nofollow noopenerreport showing analyst consensus estimates for future profits/a.” data-reactid=”45″>Valaris is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. If you are thinking of buying or selling Valaris stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst consensus estimates for future profits.

A Different Perspective<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Investors in Valaris had a tough year, with a total loss of 79%, against a market gain of about 13%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year‘s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 48% 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. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Valaris better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered a target=_blank href=https://simplywall.st/stocks/us/energy/nyse-val/valaris?utm_medium=finance_useramp;utm_campaign=integrated-pitchamp;utm_source=yahooamp;blueprint=1085259#executive-summary rel=nofollow noopenerstrong4 warning signs for Valaris/strong/a (3 can’t be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.” data-reactid=”47″>Investors in Valaris had a tough year, with a total loss of 79%, against a market gain of about 13%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. Unfortunately, last year‘s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 48% 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. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Valaris better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for Valaris (3 can’t be ignored!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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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