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Easy Come, Easy Go: How Pacific Bauxite (ASX:PBX) Shareholders Got Unlucky And Saw 88% Of Their Cash Evaporate

Simply Wall St

Pacific Bauxite Limited (ASX:PBX) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 25% in the last month. But the last three years have seen a terrible decline. To wit, the share price sky-dived 88% in that time. Arguably, the recent bounce is to be expected after such a bad drop. But the more important question is whether the underlying business can justify a higher price still.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It's a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it's worth keeping in mind there's more to life than money, anyway.

Check out our latest analysis for Pacific Bauxite

With just AU$14,216 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Pacific Bauxite to have proven its business plan. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. 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 Pacific Bauxite 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 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). It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as Pacific Bauxite investors might realise.

Pacific Bauxite had liabilities exceeding cash by AU$33k 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 -50% per year, over 3 years , it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can see in the image below, how Pacific Bauxite's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Pacific Bauxite's cash levels have changed over time.

ASX:PBX Historical Debt, October 8th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? 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

Pacific Bauxite shareholders are down 74% for the year, but the market itself is up 12%. 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. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 20% over the last half decade. Generally speaking long term share price weakness can be a bad sign, though contrarian investors might want to research the stock in hope of a turnaround. You could get a better understanding of Pacific Bauxite's growth by checking out this more detailed historical graph of earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

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

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