When you buy shares in a company, it's worth keeping in mind the possibility that it could fail, and you could lose your money. But on the bright side, if you buy shares in a high quality company at the right price, you can gain well over 100%. One great example is Canada Rare Earth Corp. (CVE:LL) which saw its share price drive 117% higher over five years. It's also up 44% in about a month.
With just CA$1,015,872 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Canada Rare Earth to have proven its business plan. 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 Canada Rare Earth 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. Canada Rare Earth has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.
Canada Rare Earth had liabilities exceeding cash by CA$305k when it last reported in September 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. So the fact that the stock is up 94% 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 Canada Rare Earth's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Canada Rare Earth's cash levels have changed over time.
In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. However you can take a look at whether insiders have been buying up shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that's certainly a good thing. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.
A Different Perspective
It's nice to see that Canada Rare Earth shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 30% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 17%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
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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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