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The Seabridge Gold (TSE:SEA) Share Price Is Up 72% And Shareholders Are Holding On

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While Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSE:SEA) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 16% in the last quarter. Looking further back, the stock has generated good profits over five years. After all, the share price is up a market-beating 72% in that time.

See our latest analysis for Seabridge Gold

With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don't think that Seabridge Gold has proved its business plan yet. As a result, we think it's unlikely shareholders are paying much attention to current revenue, but rather speculating on growth in the years to come. It seems likely some shareholders believe that Seabridge Gold will find or develop a valuable new mine before too long.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing. Some Seabridge Gold investors have already had a taste of the sweet taste stocks like this can leave in the mouth, as they gain popularity and attract speculative capital.

Our data indicates that Seabridge Gold had net debt of CA$14,051,000 when it last reported in December 2018. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. So the fact that the stock is up 12% per year, over 5 years shows that high risks can lead to high rewards, sometimes. It's clear more than a few people believe in the potential. You can see in the image below, how Seabridge Gold's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

TSX:SEA Historical Debt, April 30th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. However you can take a look at whether insiders have been buying up shares. It's often positive if so, assuming the buying is sustained and meaningful. Luckily we are in a position to provide you with this free chart of insider buying (and selling).

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that Seabridge Gold shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 14% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 12%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Given the share price momentum remains strong, it might be worth taking a closer look at the stock, lest you miss an opportunity. 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 Seabridge Gold 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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