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Coro Mining (TSE:COP) Shareholders Have Enjoyed A 50% Share Price Gain

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Stock pickers are generally looking for stocks that will outperform the broader market. And the truth is, you can make significant gains if you buy good quality businesses at the right price. For example, the Coro Mining Corp. (TSE:COP) share price is up 50% in the last 5 years, clearly besting than the market return of around 4.0% (ignoring dividends).

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View our latest analysis for Coro Mining

With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don't think that Coro Mining has proved its business plan yet. 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. For example, investors may be hoping that Coro Mining 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. There 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing.

Coro Mining had liabilities exceeding cash by US$14,825,000 when it last reported in March 2019, according to our data. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. So we're surprised to see the stock up 8.4% per year, over 5 years, but we're happy for holders. Investors must really like its potential. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Coro Mining's cash levels have changed over time.

TSX:COP Historical Debt, May 27th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. However you can take a look at whether insiders have been buying up shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that's certainly a good thing. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 1.6% in the last year, Coro Mining shareholders lost 4.5%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 8.4%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. If you want to research this stock further, the data on insider buying is an obvious place to start. You can click here to see who has been buying shares - and the price they paid.

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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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