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Investors Who Bought ViroGates (CPH:VIRO) Shares A Year Ago Are Now Down 41%

Simply Wall St

While it may not be enough for some shareholders, we think it is good to see the ViroGates A/S (CPH:VIRO) share price up 11% in a single quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last year have been less than pleasing. The cold reality is that the stock has dropped 41% in one year, under-performing the market.

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With just ø3,947,572 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers ViroGates to have proven its business plan. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. 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 ViroGates will significantly advance the business plan before too long.

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.

ViroGates had cash in excess of all liabilities of ø44m when it last reported (September 2019). That's not too bad but management may have to think about raising capital or taking on debt, unless the company is close to breaking even. We'd venture that shareholders are concerned about the need for more capital, because the share price has dropped 41% in the last year . You can see in the image below, how ViroGates's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). You can see in the image below, how ViroGates's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

CPSE:VIRO Historical Debt, January 15th 2020

It can be extremely risky to invest in a company that doesn't even have revenue. There's no way to know its value easily. Given that situation, would you be concerned if it turned out insiders were relentlessly selling stock? 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

While ViroGates shareholders are down 41% for the year, the market itself is up 28%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Putting aside the last twelve months, it's good to see the share price has rebounded by 11%, in the last ninety days. Let's just hope this isn't the widely-feared 'dead cat bounce' (which would indicate further declines to come). It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand ViroGates better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with ViroGates (including 2 which is are significant) .

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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 DK exchanges.

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