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Those Who Purchased Terraco Gold (CVE:TEN) Shares Five Years Ago Have A 47% Loss To Show For It

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While not a mind-blowing move, it is good to see that the Terraco Gold Corp. (CVE:TEN) share price has gained 14% in the last three months. But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. In fact, the share price is down 47%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.

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Check out our latest analysis for Terraco Gold

Terraco Gold didn't have any revenue in the last year, so it's fair to say it doesn't yet have a proven product (or at least not one people are paying for). You have to wonder why venture capitalists aren't funding it. 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 Terraco Gold will find or develop a valuable new mine 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. 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 companies like this go on to deliver on their plan, making good money for shareholders, many end in painful losses and eventual de-listing.

Terraco Gold had liabilities exceeding cash by CA$13,307,710 when it last reported in January 2019, according to our data. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -12% per year, over 5 years, 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 Terraco Gold's cash levels have changed over time.

TSXV:TEN Historical Debt, May 24th 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

Terraco Gold shareholders are down 5.9% for the year, but the market itself is up 1.0%. 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 12% doled out over the last five years. We'd need to see some sustained improvements in the key metrics before we could muster much enthusiasm. 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 Terraco 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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