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Introducing Kancera (STO:KAN), The Stock That Tanked 94%

Simply Wall St

Long term investing is the way to go, but that doesn't mean you should hold every stock forever. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Spare a thought for those who held Kancera AB (publ) (STO:KAN) for five whole years - as the share price tanked 94%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 63%. More recently, the share price has dropped a further 27% in a month. But this could be related to poor market conditions -- stocks are down 21% in the same time.

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.

Check out our latest analysis for Kancera

We don't think Kancera's revenue of kr3,216,000 is enough to establish significant demand. 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. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Kancera has the funding to invent a new product before too long.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. Some Kancera investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.

Our data indicates that Kancera had kr15m more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in December 2019. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -42% 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 Kancera's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

OM:KAN Historical Debt March 27th 2020

In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither 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

We regret to report that Kancera shareholders are down 63% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 3.7%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. Regrettably, last year's performance caps off a bad run, with the shareholders facing a total loss of 40% per year over five years. We realise that Baron Rothschild has said investors should "buy when there is blood on the streets", but we caution that investors should first be sure they are buying a high quality business. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example - Kancera has 7 warning signs (and 4 which are a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about.

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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 SE exchanges.

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