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Over the last month the Codebase Ventures Inc. (CNSX:CODE) has been much stronger than before, rebounding by 40%. But that doesn’t change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. After all, the share price is down 46% in the last year, significantly under-performing the market.
With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don’t think that Codebase Ventures has proved its business plan yet. We can’t help wondering why it’s publicly listed so early in its journey. Are venture capitalists not interested? As a result, we think it’s unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Codebase Ventures will significantly advance the business plan before too long.
We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty 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).
Codebase Ventures had cash in excess of all liabilities of just CA$480k when it last reported (March 2019). So if it hasn’t remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. With that in mind, you can understand why the share price dropped 46% in the last year. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Codebase Ventures’s cash levels have changed over time.
It can be extremely risky to invest in a company that doesn’t even have revenue. There’s no way to know its value easily. What if insiders are ditching the stock hand over fist? I’d like that just about as much as I like to drink milk and fruit juice mixed together. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren’t great for Codebase Ventures shares, which cost holders 46%, while the market was up about 0.5%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Investors are up over three years, booking 12% per year, much better than the more recent returns. The recent sell-off could be an opportunity if the business remains sound, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long-term growth trend. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
But note: Codebase Ventures may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).
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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