If You Had Bought Vision Lithium (CVE:VLI) Stock A Year Ago, You’d Be Sitting On A 89% Loss, Today

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It’s not a secret that every investor will make bad investments, from time to time. But it should be a priority to avoid stomach churning catastrophes, wherever possible. It must have been painful to be a Vision Lithium Inc. (CVE:VLI) shareholder over the last year, since the stock price plummeted 89% in that time. That’d be enough to make even the strongest stomachs churn. Longer term shareholders haven’t suffered as badly, since the stock is down a comparatively less painful 25% in three years. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 53% in the last three months.

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.

See our latest analysis for Vision Lithium

Vision Lithium hasn’t yet reported any revenue, so it’s as much a business idea as an actual business. 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). It seems likely some shareholders believe that Vision Lithium will find or develop a valuable new mine before too long.

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 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). Vision Lithium has already given some investors a taste of the bitter losses that high risk investing can cause.

Vision Lithium had liabilities exceeding cash by CA$324,960 when it last reported in February 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But with the share price diving 89% in the last year, it’s probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Vision Lithium’s cash levels have changed over time.

TSXV:VLI Historical Debt, July 19th 2019
TSXV:VLI Historical Debt, July 19th 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? It would bother me, that’s for sure. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 0.7% in the last year, Vision Lithium shareholders lost 89%. 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 15% per year over five years. 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. Before spending more time on Vision Lithium it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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