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Some European Electric Metals (CVE:EVX) Shareholders Have Copped A 98% Share Price Wipe Out

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Long term investing works well, but it doesn't always work for each individual stock. We really hate to see fellow investors lose their hard-earned money. Spare a thought for those who held European Electric Metals Inc. (CVE:EVX) for five whole years - as the share price tanked 98%. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 71% in the last year. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 50% in the last 90 days.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.

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See our latest analysis for European Electric Metals

European Electric Metals hasn't yet reported any revenue yet, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. 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 European Electric Metals will find or develop a valuable new mine before too long.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. 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. It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as European Electric Metals investors might realise.

European Electric Metals had liabilities exceeding cash by CA$809,714 when it last reported in January 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But with the share price diving 56% per year, over 5 years, it's probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. The image below shows how European Electric Metals's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

TSXV:EVX Historical Debt, May 27th 2019

In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. Given that situation, would you be concerned if it turned out insiders were relentlessly selling stock? It would bother me, that's for sure. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.

A Different Perspective

European Electric Metals shareholders are down 71% for the year, but the market itself is up 1.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Unfortunately, last year's performance may indicate unresolved challenges, given that it was worse than the annualised loss of 56% 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. If you would like to research European Electric Metals in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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