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Some Copperstone Resources (STO:COPP B) Shareholders Are Down 49%

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Investors can approximate the average market return by buying an index fund. When you buy individual stocks, you can make higher profits, but you also face the risk of under-performance. For example, the Copperstone Resources AB (STO:COPP B) share price is down 49% in the last year. That contrasts poorly with the market return of 24%. The silver lining (for longer term investors) is that the stock is still 9.5% higher than it was three years ago. Unhappily, the share price slid 1.2% in the last week.

Check out our latest analysis for Copperstone Resources

We don't think Copperstone Resources's revenue of kr11,954,000 is enough to establish significant demand. We can't help wondering why it's publicly listed so early in its journey. Are venture capitalists not interested? 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 Copperstone Resources will find or develop a valuable new mine 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 go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt.

Copperstone Resources had liabilities exceeding cash by kr101m when it last reported in June 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -49% in the last year , it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. The image below shows how Copperstone Resources's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image. The image below shows how Copperstone Resources's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

OM:COPP B Historical Debt, December 12th 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. Given that situation, would you be concerned if it turned out insiders were relentlessly selling stock? It would bother me, that's for sure. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We'd be remiss not to mention the difference between Copperstone Resources's total shareholder return (TSR) and its share price return. Arguably the TSR is a more complete return calculation because it accounts for the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested), along with the hypothetical value of any discounted capital that have been offered to shareholders. We note that Copperstone Resources's TSR, at -48% is higher than its share price return of -49%. When you consider it hasn't been paying a dividend, this data suggests shareholders have benefitted from a spin-off, or had the opportunity to acquire attractively priced shares in a discounted capital raising.

A Different Perspective

Copperstone Resources shareholders are down 48% for the year, but the market itself is up 24%. 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. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 12%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It is all well and good that insiders have been buying shares, but we suggest you check here to see what price insiders were buying at.

Copperstone Resources 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 SE exchanges.

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