Those Who Purchased PBS Finanse (WSE:PBF) Shares Five Years Ago Have A 94% Loss To Show For It

We’re definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Anyone who held PBS Finanse S.A. (WSE:PBF) for five years would be nursing their metaphorical wounds since the share price dropped 94% in that time. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 56% in the last year.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It’s a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it’s worth keeping in mind there’s more to life than money, anyway.

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We don’t think PBS Finanse’s revenue of zł3,383,000 is enough to establish significant demand. 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. It seems likely some shareholders believe that PBS Finanse will significantly advance the business plan before too long.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as PBS Finanse investors might realise.

PBS Finanse had cash in excess of all liabilities of just zł596k when it last reported (March 2019). So if it hasn’t remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. With that in mind, you can understand why the share price dropped 43% per year, over 5 years. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how PBS Finanse’s cash levels have changed over time.

WSE:PBF Historical Debt, July 26th 2019
WSE:PBF Historical Debt, July 26th 2019

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. What if insiders are ditching the stock hand over fist? I would feel more nervous about the company if that were so. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market lost about 0.2% in the twelve months, PBS Finanse shareholders did even worse, losing 56%. Having said that, it’s inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 43% per year over five years. We realise that Buffett has said investors should ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality businesses. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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

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