If You Had Bought Maschinenfabrik HEID (VIE:HED) Stock A Year Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 26% Loss, Today

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Passive investing in an index fund is a good way to ensure your own returns roughly match the overall market. Active investors aim to buy stocks that vastly outperform the market – but in the process, they risk under-performance. Unfortunately the Maschinenfabrik HEID AG (VIE:HED) share price slid 26% over twelve months. That falls noticeably short of the market return of around -3.7%. However, the longer term returns haven’t been so bad, with the stock down 10% in the last three years. It’s down 37% in about a month.

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With just €289,695 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don’t think the market considers Maschinenfabrik HEID to have proven its business plan. We can’t help wondering why it’s publicly listed so early in its journey. Are venture capitalists not interested? So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Maschinenfabrik HEID 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.

Maschinenfabrik HEID had liabilities exceeding cash by €367,709 when it last reported in December 2018, according to our data. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. But since the share price has dived -26% in the last year, it looks like some investors think it’s time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Maschinenfabrik HEID’s cash levels have changed over time.

WBAG:HED Historical Debt, July 19th 2019
WBAG:HED Historical Debt, July 19th 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. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? 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 3.7% in the twelve months, Maschinenfabrik HEID shareholders did even worse, losing 26%. 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. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 2.9% over the last half decade. 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. Is Maschinenfabrik HEID cheap compared to other companies? These 3 valuation measures might help you decide.

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

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