Investors Who Bought Weebit Nano (ASX:WBT) Shares A Year Ago Are Now Down 71%

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Weebit Nano Limited (ASX:WBT) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 21% in the last quarter. But that isn’t much consolation for the painful drop we’ve seen in the last year. Specifically, the stock price nose-dived 71% in that time. It’s not uncommon to see a bounce after a drop like that. Only time will tell if the company can sustain the turnaround.

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With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don’t think that Weebit Nano has proved its business plan yet. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won’t provide funds on attractive terms. So it seems that the investors focused more on what could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). Investors will be hoping that Weebit Nano can make progress and gain better traction for the business, before it runs low on cash.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. 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). Weebit Nano has already given some investors a taste of the bitter losses that high risk investing can cause.

Weebit Nano had cash in excess of all liabilities of just AU$3.0m when it last reported (December 2018). 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 71% in the last year. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Weebit Nano’s cash levels have changed over time.

ASX:WBT Historical Debt, June 13th 2019
ASX:WBT Historical Debt, June 13th 2019

In reality it’s hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I would feel more nervous about the company if that were so. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

While Weebit Nano shareholders are down 71% for the year, the market itself is up 12%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. It’s great to see a nice little 21% rebound in the last three months. This could just be a bounce because the selling was too aggressive, but fingers crossed it’s the start of a new trend. If you would like to research Weebit Nano in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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 AU exchanges.

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