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Investors Who Bought Lianluo Smart Shares Five Years Ago Are Now Down 80%

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Lianluo Smart Limited (NASDAQ:LLIT) shareholders should be happy to see the share price up 23% in the last month. But will that heal all the wounds inflicted over 5 years of declines? Unlikely. Indeed, the share price is down a whopping 80% in that time. The recent bounce might mean the long decline is over, but we are not confident. The million dollar question is whether the company can justify a long term recovery.

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.

See our latest analysis for Lianluo Smart

We don’t think Lianluo Smart’s revenue of US$767,750 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 Lianluo Smart 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. The 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 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). Some Lianluo Smart investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.

Our data indicates that Lianluo Smart had net debt of US$6,300,193 when it last reported in June 2018. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -28% per year, over 5 years, it looks like some investors think it’s time to abandon ship, so to speak. The image belows shows how Lianluo Smart’s balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

NasdaqCM:LLIT Historical Debt, March 7th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. What if insiders are ditching the stock hand over fist? 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

Lianluo Smart shareholders are down 17% for the year, but the market itself is up 2.6%. 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. Unfortunately, longer term shareholders are suffering worse, given the loss of 28% doled out over the last five years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. 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 Lianluo Smart by clicking this link.

Lianluo Smart 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 US exchanges.

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