Imagine Owning Glacier Lake Resources (CVE:GLI) And Taking A 97% Loss Square On The Chin

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Some stocks are best avoided. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. Imagine if you held Glacier Lake Resources Inc. (CVE:GLI) for half a decade as the share price tanked 97%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 86%. Furthermore, it’s down 22% in about a quarter. That’s not much fun for holders.

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.

View our latest analysis for Glacier Lake Resources

With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don’t think that Glacier Lake Resources has proved its business plan yet. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won’t provide funds on attractive terms. So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. For example, investors may be hoping that Glacier Lake Resources finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is usually a significant chance that they will need more money for business development, putting them at the mercy of capital markets. So the share price itself impacts the value of the shares (as it determines the cost of capital). 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. Some Glacier Lake Resources investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.

Our data indicates that Glacier Lake Resources had CA$449,099 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in December 2018. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. But with the share price diving 51% per year, over 5 years, it’s probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. The image below shows how Glacier Lake Resources’s balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

TSXV:GLI Historical Debt, July 12th 2019
TSXV:GLI Historical Debt, July 12th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I’d like that just about as much as I like to drink milk and fruit juice mixed together. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Glacier Lake Resources had a tough year, with a total loss of 86%, against a market gain of about 0.4%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year’s performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 51% 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. Before spending more time on Glacier Lake Resources it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

We will like Glacier Lake Resources better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider 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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