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Investors Who Bought Bardoc Gold (ASX:BDC) Shares Three Years Ago Are Now Down 29%

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Bardoc Gold Limited (ASX:BDC) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 30% in the last month. But that cannot eclipse the less-than-impressive returns over the last three years. Truth be told the share price declined 29% in three years and that return, Dear Reader, falls short of what you could have got from passive investing with an index fund.

See our latest analysis for Bardoc Gold

We don't think Bardoc Gold's revenue of AU$296,596 is enough to establish significant demand. 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 Bardoc Gold 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 such companies go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt.

Our data indicates that Bardoc Gold had AU$5.7m 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 -11% per year, over 3 years , it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can see in the image below, how Bardoc Gold's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

ASX:BDC Historical Debt May 11th 2020

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? It would bother me, that's for sure. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Bardoc Gold shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 16% over one year. That certainly beats the loss of about 4.7% per year over the last half decade. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Bardoc Gold better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 5 warning signs with Bardoc Gold (at least 2 which can't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Bardoc Gold is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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