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If You Had Bought Virginia Energy Resources (CVE:VUI) Stock Three Years Ago, You Could Pocket A 125% Gain Today

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Virginia Energy Resources Inc. (CVE:VUI) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 56% in the last quarter. But that doesn't undermine the rather lovely longer-term return, if you measure over the last three years. Indeed, the share price is up a very strong 125% in that time. So the recent fall in the share price should be viewed in that context. If the business can perform well for years to come, then the recent drop could be an opportunity.

View our latest analysis for Virginia Energy Resources

Virginia Energy Resources hasn't yet reported any revenue, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. As a result, we think it's unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. For example, they may be hoping that Virginia Energy Resources finds fossil fuels with an exploration program, before it runs out of money.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered 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 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). Virginia Energy Resources has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.

Virginia Energy Resources had cash in excess of all liabilities of just US$89k when it last reported (March 2019). So if it hasn't remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. It's a testament to the popularity of the business plan that the share price gained 31% per year, over 3 years, despite the weak balance sheet. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Virginia Energy Resources's cash levels have changed over time. The image below shows how Virginia Energy Resources's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

TSXV:VUI Historical Debt, July 31st 2019
TSXV:VUI Historical Debt, July 31st 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. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 0.7% in the last year, Virginia Energy Resources shareholders lost 60%. 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 6.7% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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 CA exchanges.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.