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De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG) Shareholders Have Enjoyed A Whopping 385% Share Price Gain

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While De Grey Mining Limited (ASX:DEG) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn’t had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 19% in the last quarter. But that doesn’t change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been spectacular. In fact, the share price has taken off in that time, up 385%. Arguably, the recent fall is to be expected after such a strong rise. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

See our latest analysis for De Grey Mining

We don’t think De Grey Mining’s revenue of AU$242,801 is enough to establish significant demand. So it seems that the investors more focused on would could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). For example, investors may be hoping that De Grey 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. 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. Some De Grey Mining investors have already had a taste of the sweet taste stocks like this can leave in the mouth, as they gain popularity and attract speculative capital

De Grey Mining had net debt of AU$8,023,389 when it last reported in December 2018, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. So we’re surprised to see the stock up 69% per year, over 3 years, but we’re happy for holders. Investors must really like its potential. The image belows shows how De Grey Mining’s balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

ASX:DEG Historical Debt, March 17th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Given that situation, many of the best investors like to check if insiders have been buying shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that’s certainly a good thing. Luckily we are in a position to provide you with this free chart of insider buying (and selling).

A Different Perspective

Investors in De Grey Mining had a tough year, with a total loss of 25%, against a market gain of about 9.1%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 19% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like De Grey Mining better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider 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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