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Investors Who Bought Eloro Resources (CVE:ELO) Shares A Year Ago Are Now Down 76%

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Even the best investor on earth makes unsuccessful investments. But serious investors should think long and hard about avoiding extreme losses. So spare a thought for the long term shareholders of Eloro Resources Ltd. (CVE:ELO); the share price is down a whopping 76% in the last twelve months. A loss like this is a stark reminder that portfolio diversification is important. At least the damage isn't so bad if you look at the last three years, since the stock is down 23% in that time. Furthermore, it's down 50% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders.

View our latest analysis for Eloro Resources

Eloro Resources hasn't yet reported any revenue yet, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. 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). It seems likely some shareholders believe that Eloro Resources will find or develop a valuable new mine before too long.

We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. 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 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). It certainly is a dangerous place to invest, as Eloro Resources investors might realise.

Eloro Resources had net debt of CA$287,840 when it last reported in December 2018, according to our data. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. But since the share price has dived -76% in the last year, it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Eloro Resources's cash levels have changed over time.

TSXV:ELO Historical Debt, May 7th 2019

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 costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

Eloro Resources shareholders are down 76% for the year, but the market itself is up 4.6%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 2.5%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Investors who like to make money usually check up on insider purchases, such as the price paid, and total amount bought. You can find out about the insider purchases of Eloro Resources by clicking this link.

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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

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