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IQ-AI Limited (LON:IQAI) shareholders are doubtless heartened to see the share price bounce 148% in just one week. But in truth the last year hasn't been good for the share price. In fact the stock is down 23% in the last year, well below the market return.
IQ-AI recorded just UK£164,971 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? 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. It seems likely some shareholders believe that IQ-AI will significantly advance the business plan 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. 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing.
Our data indicates that IQ-AI had UK£226,145 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in December 2018. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -23% in the last year, it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can see in the image below, how IQ-AI's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).
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. 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. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.
A Different Perspective
Given that the market gained 0.9% in the last year, IQ-AI shareholders might be miffed that they lost 23%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. It's great to see a nice little 138% rebound in the last three months. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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 GB exchanges.
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