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Some W Resources (LON:WRES) Shareholders Are Down 35%

Simply Wall St

It's nice to see the W Resources Plc (LON:WRES) share price up 11% in a week. But over the last half decade, the stock has not performed well. In fact, the share price is down 35%, which falls well short of the return you could get by buying an index fund.

View our latest analysis for W Resources

With just €511,882 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers W Resources to have proven its business plan. 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 W Resources 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 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).

Our data indicates that W Resources had €43m more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in June 2019. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But since the share price has dived -8.2% per year, over 5 years , it looks like some investors think it's time to abandon ship, so to speak. You can see in the image below, how W Resources's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). You can see in the image below, how W Resources's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).

AIM:WRES Historical Debt, October 18th 2019

In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. Would it bother you if insiders were selling the stock? I'd like that just about as much as I like to drink milk and fruit juice mixed together. It costs nothing but a moment of your time to see if we are picking up on any insider selling.

A Different Perspective

While the broader market gained around 8.0% in the last year, W Resources shareholders lost 4.8%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 8.2% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last half decade. 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.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of companies we expect will grow earnings.

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on GB exchanges.

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