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Introducing Collaborate (ASX:CL8), The Stock That Dropped 38% In The Last Five Years

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For many, the main point of investing is to generate higher returns than the overall market. But in any portfolio, there will be mixed results between individual stocks. So we wouldn't blame long term Collaborate Corporation Limited (ASX:CL8) shareholders for doubting their decision to hold, with the stock down 38% over a half decade. More recently, the share price has dropped a further 13% in a month.

See our latest analysis for Collaborate

Collaborate recorded just AU$1,034,212 in revenue over the last twelve months, which isn't really enough for us to consider it to have a proven product. We can't help wondering why it's publicly listed so early in its journey. Are venture capitalists not interested? 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 Collaborate will significantly advance the business plan before too long.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is almost always a chance they will need to raise more capital, and their progress - and share price - will dictate how dilutive that is to current holders. 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).

Collaborate had liabilities exceeding cash by AU$996k when it last reported in June 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But with the share price diving 9.1% per year, over 5 years , it's probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. You can see in the image below, how Collaborate's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). You can see in the image below, how Collaborate's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

ASX:CL8 Historical Debt, January 20th 2020

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. What if insiders are ditching the stock hand over fist? I'd like that just about as much as I like to drink milk and fruit juice mixed together. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

Collaborate shareholders are up 8.3% for the year. But that was short of the market average. But at least that's still a gain! Over five years the TSR has been a reduction of 9.1% per year, over five years. So this might be a sign the business has turned its fortunes around. I find it very interesting to look at share price over the long term as a proxy for business performance. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 7 warning signs with Collaborate (at least 3 which make us uncomfortable) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Collaborate is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with 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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