Those Who Purchased Motus GI Holdings (NASDAQ:MOTS) Shares A Year Ago Have A 13% Loss To Show For It

Motus GI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOTS) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 27% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t change the reality of under-performance over the last twelve months. In fact the stock is down 13% in the last year, well below the market return.

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With just US$45,000 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don’t think the market considers Motus GI Holdings to have proven its business plan. You have to wonder why venture capitalists aren’t funding it. So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Motus GI Holdings will significantly advance the business plan before too long.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. The 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 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).

When it reported in September 2018 Motus GI Holdings had minimal net cash consider its expenditure: just US$7.2m to be specific. So if it has not already moved to replenish reserves, we think the near-term chances of a capital raising event are pretty high. With that in mind, you can understand why the share price dropped 13% in the last year. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Motus GI Holdings’s cash and debt levels have changed over time.

NasdaqCM:MOTS Historical Debt, March 12th 2019
NasdaqCM:MOTS Historical Debt, March 12th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. 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. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

While Motus GI Holdings shareholders are down 13% for the year, the market itself is up 1.4%. While the aim is to do better than that, it’s worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. Putting aside the last twelve months, it’s good to see the share price has rebounded by 27%, in the last ninety days. Let’s just hope this isn’t the widely-feared ‘dead cat bounce’ (which would indicate further declines to come). 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 Motus GI Holdings by clicking this link.

Motus GI Holdings is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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