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Introducing Auplata Mining Group (EPA:ALAMG), The Stock That Collapsed 97%

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We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. It hits us in the gut when we see fellow investors suffer a loss. For example, we sympathize with anyone who was caught holding Auplata Mining Group (EPA:ALAMG) during the five years that saw its share price drop a whopping 97%. And some of the more recent buyers are probably worried, too, with the stock falling 50% in the last year. There was little comfort for shareholders in the last week as the price declined a further 2.8%.

We really feel for shareholders in this scenario. It's a good reminder of the importance of diversification, and it's worth keeping in mind there's more to life than money, anyway.

View our latest analysis for Auplata Mining Group

With just €1,284,000 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Auplata Mining Group to have proven its business plan. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. 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, investors may be hoping that Auplata Mining Group finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty 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 such companies go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt. Some Auplata Mining Group investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.

Our data indicates that Auplata Mining Group had €22,485,000 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in December 2018. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. But since the share price has dived -50% per year, over 5 years, it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. The image below shows how Auplata Mining Group's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image. The image below shows how Auplata Mining Group's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

ENXTPA:ALAMG Historical Debt, September 12th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? It would bother me, that's for sure. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.

A Different Perspective

Auplata Mining Group shareholders are down 50% for the year, but the market itself is up 7.1%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 49% per year over five years. 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. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on FR exchanges.

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