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Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. Unfortunately, shareholders of Microbot Medical Inc. (NASDAQ:MBOT) have suffered share price declines over the last year. The share price has slid 56% in that time. Because Microbot Medical hasn’t been listed for many years, the market is still learning about how the business performs. Furthermore, it’s down 40% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.
Microbot Medical hasn’t yet reported any revenue yet, so it’s as much a business idea as an actual business. 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. Investors will be hoping that Microbot Medical can make progress and gain better traction for the business, before it runs low on cash.
We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is almost always a chance they will need to raise more capital, and their progress – and share price – will dictate how dilutive that is to current holders. 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). It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as Microbot Medical investors might realise.
When it reported in March 2019 Microbot Medical had minimal cash in excess of all liabilities consider its expenditure: just US$3.2m to be specific. So if it hasn’t remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. That probably explains why the share price is down 56% in the last year. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Microbot Medical’s cash levels have changed over time.
It can be extremely risky to invest in a company that doesn’t even have revenue. There’s no way to know its value easily. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I would feel more nervous about the company if that were so. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 3.2% in the last year, Microbot Medical shareholders might be miffed that they lost 56%. While the aim is to do better than that, it’s worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 40%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Basically, most investors should be wary of buying into a poor-performing stock, unless the business itself has clearly improved. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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