It is doubtless a positive to see that the Ucore Rare Metals Inc. (CVE:UCU) share price has gained some 71% in the last three months. But that is small recompense for the exasperating returns over three years. In that time, the share price dropped 56%. So it is really good to see an improvement. Perhaps the company has turned over a new leaf.
Ucore Rare Metals didn’t have any revenue in the last year, so it’s fair to say it doesn’t yet have a proven product (or at least not one people are paying for). This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won’t provide funds on attractive terms. As a result, we think it’s unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. For example, investors may be hoping that Ucore Rare Metals finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.
As a general rule, if a company doesn’t have much revenue, and it loses money, then it is a high risk investment. You should be aware that there is always a chance that this sort of company will need to issue more shares to raise money to continue pursuing its business plan. While some such companies do very well over the long term, others become hyped up by promoters before eventually falling back down to earth, and going bankrupt (or being recapitalized). Some Ucore Rare Metals investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.
Ucore Rare Metals had liabilities exceeding cash by CA$4,228,541 when it last reported in March 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -24% per year, over 3 years, it looks like some investors think it’s time to abandon ship, so to speak. The image below shows how Ucore Rare Metals’s balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.
Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? It would bother me, that’s for sure. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.
A Different Perspective
Investors in Ucore Rare Metals had a tough year, with a total loss of 20%, against a market gain of about 1.1%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 12% per year over five years. 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. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.
But note: Ucore Rare Metals may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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