Did Copper Mountain Mining’s (TSE:CMMC) Share Price Deserve to Gain 68%?

By buying an index fund, investors can approximate the average market return. But if you pick the right individual stocks, you could make more than that. Just take a look at Copper Mountain Mining Corporation (TSE:CMMC), which is up 68%, over three years, soundly beating the market return of 16% (not including dividends).

Check out our latest analysis for Copper Mountain Mining

Copper Mountain Mining isn’t a profitable company, so it is unlikely we’ll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That’s because it’s hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.

Copper Mountain Mining’s revenue trended up 10% each year over three years. That’s a very respectable growth rate. The share price gain of 19% per year shows that the market is paying attention to this growth. If that’s the case, then it could be well worth while to research the growth trajectory. Keep in mind that the strength of the balance sheet impacts the options open to the company.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

TSX:CMMC Income Statement, March 13th 2019
TSX:CMMC Income Statement, March 13th 2019

It’s good to see that there was some significant insider buying in the last three months. That’s a positive. On the other hand, we think the revenue and earnings trends are much more meaningful measures of the business. If you are thinking of buying or selling Copper Mountain Mining stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 3.5% in the last year, Copper Mountain Mining shareholders lost 17%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. 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. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares – and the price they paid.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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