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Investors Who Bought Actinium Pharmaceuticals (NYSEMKT:ATNM) Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 98%

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We're definitely into long term investing, but some companies are simply bad investments over any time frame. We don't wish catastrophic capital loss on anyone. Imagine if you held Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSEMKT:ATNM) for half a decade as the share price tanked 98%. We also note that the stock has performed poorly over the last year, with the share price down 23%. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 54% in the last 90 days. This could be related to the recent financial results - you can catch up on the most recent data by reading our company report.

We really hope anyone holding through that price crash has a diversified portfolio. Even when you lose money, you don't have to lose the lesson.

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Actinium Pharmaceuticals didn't have any revenue in the last year, so it's fair to say it doesn't yet have a proven product (or at least not one people are paying for). You have to wonder why venture capitalists aren't funding it. So it seems that the investors focused more on what could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). For example, they may be hoping that Actinium Pharmaceuticals comes up with a great new treatment, before it runs out of money.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. Actinium Pharmaceuticals has already given some investors a taste of the bitter losses that high risk investing can cause.

When it reported in March 2019 Actinium Pharmaceuticals had minimal cash in excess of all liabilities consider its expenditure: just US$3.0m to be specific. So if it hasn't remedied the situation already, it will almost certainly have to raise more capital soon. With that in mind, you can understand why the share price dropped 53% per year, over 5 years. You can see in the image below, how Actinium Pharmaceuticals's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

AMEX:ATNM Historical Debt, May 24th 2019

In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? It would bother me, that's for sure. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.

A Different Perspective

Investors in Actinium Pharmaceuticals had a tough year, with a total loss of 23%, against a market gain of about 3.4%. Even the share prices of good stocks drop sometimes, but we want to see improvements in the fundamental metrics of a business, before getting too interested. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 53% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. Before spending more time on Actinium Pharmaceuticals it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

We will like Actinium Pharmaceuticals better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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

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