Even the best stock pickers will make plenty of bad investments. Anyone who held Global Li-Ion Graphite Corp. (CNSX:LION) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. In that relatively short period, the share price has plunged 60%. We wouldn't rush to judgement on Global Li-Ion Graphite because we don't have a long term history to look at. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 40% in the last 90 days. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
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Global Li-Ion Graphite didn't have any revenue in the last year, so it's fair to say it doesn't yet have a proven product (or at least not one people are paying for). 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). For example, investors may be hoping that Global Li-Ion Graphite 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 almost always a chance they will need to raise more capital, and their progress - and share price - will dictate how dilutive that is to current holders. 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). Some Global Li-Ion Graphite investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.
Global Li-Ion Graphite had cash in excess of all liabilities of just CA$245k when it last reported (February 2019). So if it hasn't remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. That probably explains why the share price is down 60% in the last year. You can see in the image below, how Global Li-Ion Graphite's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).
In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. What if insiders are ditching the stock hand over fist? 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.
A Different Perspective
While Global Li-Ion Graphite shareholders are down 60% for the year, the market itself is up 1.5%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. The share price decline has continued throughout the most recent three months, down 40%, suggesting an absence of enthusiasm from investors. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. Before spending more time on Global Li-Ion Graphite it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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