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Millennial Lithium's (CVE:ML) Incredible 1007% Share Price Run Shows What Is Possible With Stocks

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We think that it's fair to say that the possibility of finding fantastic multi-year winners is what motivates many investors. Not every pick can be a winner, but when you pick the right stock, you can win big. One such superstar is Millennial Lithium Corp. (CVE:ML), which saw its share price soar 1007% in three years.

Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

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Check out our latest analysis for Millennial Lithium

Millennial Lithium hasn't yet reported any revenue yet, so it's as much a business idea as an actual business. So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. For example, investors may be hoping that Millennial Lithium finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.

As a general rule, if a company doesn't have much revenue, and it loses money, then it is a high risk investment. There is almost always a chance they will need to raise more capital, and their progress - and share price - will dictate how dilutive that is to current holders. While some such companies go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt. Millennial Lithium has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.

Millennial Lithium had cash in excess of all liabilities of CA$47m when it last reported (November 2018). While that's nothing to panic about, there is some possibility the company will raise more capital, especially if profits are not imminent. Given the share price has increased by a solid 123% per year, over 3 years, its fair to say investors remain excited about the future, despite the potential need for cash. You can see in the image below, how Millennial Lithium's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

TSXV:ML Historical Debt, May 26th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. One thing you can do is check if company insiders are buying shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that's certainly a good thing. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

A Different Perspective

Millennial Lithium shareholders are down 38% for the year, but the market itself is up 1.5%. 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 17%, each year, over five years. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. Most investors take the time to check the data on insider transactions. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

We will like Millennial Lithium 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 CA exchanges.

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