The Maya Gold and Silver (TSE:MYA) Share Price Has Gained 179%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?

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It hasn’t been the best quarter for Maya Gold and Silver Inc. (TSE:MYA) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 14% in that time. But that doesn’t undermine the rather lovely longer-term return, if you measure over the last three years. The share price marched upwards over that time, and is now 179% higher than it was. To some, the recent share price pullback wouldn’t be surprising after such a good run. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

View our latest analysis for Maya Gold and Silver

We don’t think Maya Gold and Silver’s revenue of US$2,067,397 is enough to establish significant demand. So it seems that the investors focused more on what could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). For example, investors may be hoping that Maya Gold and Silver finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.

As a general rule, if a company doesn’t have much revenue, and it loses money, then it is a high risk investment. 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. Maya Gold and Silver has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.

Maya Gold and Silver had cash in excess of all liabilities of US$11m when it last reported (March 2019). While that’s nothing to panic about, there is some possibility the company will raise more capital, especially if profits are not imminent. Given the share price has increased by a solid 41% per year, over 3 years, its fair to say investors remain excited about the future, despite the potential need for cash. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Maya Gold and Silver’s cash levels have changed over time.

TSX:MYA Historical Debt, July 3rd 2019
TSX:MYA Historical Debt, July 3rd 2019

In reality it’s hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. One thing you can do is check if company insiders are buying shares. It’s usually a positive if they have, as it may indicate they see value in the stock. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Maya Gold and Silver had a tough year, with a total loss of 21%, against a market gain of about 1.3%. 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. Unfortunately, last year’s performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 0.2% 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. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Maya Gold and Silver by clicking this link.

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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 CA exchanges.

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