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If You Had Bought Iconic Minerals (CVE:ICM) Shares Five Years Ago You'd Have Made 92%

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Iconic Minerals Ltd. (CVE:ICM) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 12% in the last month. Looking further back, the stock has generated good profits over five years. After all, the share price is up a market-beating 92% in that time.

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Iconic Minerals hasn't yet reported any revenue yet, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. 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 Iconic Minerals will find or develop a valuable new mine before too long.

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). Some Iconic Minerals 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.

Our data indicates that Iconic Minerals had CA$4,340,506 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in February 2019. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. So the fact that the stock is up 14% per year, over 5 years shows that high risks can lead to high rewards, sometimes. Investors must really like its potential. The image below shows how Iconic Minerals's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

TSXV:ICM Historical Debt, May 26th 2019

It can be extremely risky to invest in a company that doesn't even have revenue. There's no way to know its value easily. One thing you can do is check if company insiders are 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

It's good to see that Iconic Minerals has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 21% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 14%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. 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 Iconic Minerals it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

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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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