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Some BWR Exploration (CVE:BWR) Shareholders Are Down 50%

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The main aim of stock picking is to find the market-beating stocks. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. At this point some shareholders may be questioning their investment in BWR Exploration Inc. (CVE:BWR), since the last five years saw the share price fall 50%.

Check out our latest analysis for BWR Exploration

BWR Exploration didn't have any revenue in the last year, so it's fair to say it doesn't yet have a proven product (or at least not one people are paying for). 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. For example, investors may be hoping that BWR Exploration 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. 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing.

Our data indicates that BWR Exploration had CA$78,711 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in February 2019. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -13% per year, over 5 years, it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can see in the image below, how BWR Exploration's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). The image below shows how BWR Exploration's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

TSXV:BWR Historical Debt, July 31st 2019

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. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I would feel more nervous about the company if that were so. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

BWR Exploration shareholders are down 11% for the year, but the market itself is up 0.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 13% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We'd need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. Before spending more time on BWR Exploration it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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