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Emmerson Resources (ASX:ERM) Shareholders Have Enjoyed An Impressive 300% Share Price Gain

Simply Wall St

It hasn't been the best quarter for Emmerson Resources Limited (ASX:ERM) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 17% in that time. But that doesn't change the fact that shareholders have received really good returns over the last five years. We think most investors would be happy with the 300% return, over that period. Generally speaking the long term returns will give you a better idea of business quality than short periods can. The more important question is whether the stock is too cheap or too expensive today.

See our latest analysis for Emmerson Resources

With just AU$60,886 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Emmerson Resources to have proven its business plan. 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 Emmerson 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. Emmerson Resources has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.

When it reported in June 2019 Emmerson Resources had minimal cash in excess of all liabilities consider its expenditure: just AU$2.4m 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. It's a testament to the popularity of the business plan that the share price gained 59% per year, over 5 years , despite the weak balance sheet. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Emmerson Resources's cash levels have changed over time. You can see in the image below, how Emmerson Resources's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

ASX:ERM Historical Debt, December 17th 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. It's usually a positive if they have, as it may indicate they see value in the stock. Luckily we are in a position to provide you with this free chart of insider buying (and selling).

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Emmerson Resources shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 76% over the last year. That's better than the annualised return of 32% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. Before spending more time on Emmerson Resources it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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