Did You Manage To Avoid Cenospheres Trade & Engineering's (WSE:CTE) Painful 57% Share Price Drop?

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If you love investing in stocks you're bound to buy some losers. Long term Cenospheres Trade & Engineering S.A. (WSE:CTE) shareholders know that all too well, since the share price is down considerably over three years. Sadly for them, the share price is down 57% in that time. And more recent buyers are having a tough time too, with a drop of 24% in the last year. The falls have accelerated recently, with the share price down 15% in the last three months.

Check out our latest analysis for Cenospheres Trade & Engineering

Cenospheres Trade & Engineering recorded just zł3,067,000 in revenue over the last twelve months, which isn't really enough for us to consider it to have a proven product. This state of affairs suggests that venture capitalists won't provide funds on attractive terms. 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. For example, they may be hoping that Cenospheres Trade & Engineering finds fossil fuels with an exploration program, 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. 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 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). Some Cenospheres Trade & Engineering investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.

Our data indicates that Cenospheres Trade & Engineering had zł3,201,000 more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported in March 2019. That puts it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. But with the share price diving 24% per year, over 3 years, it's probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Cenospheres Trade & Engineering's cash levels have changed over time.

WSE:CTE Historical Debt, June 12th 2019

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. 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. You can click here to see if there are insiders selling.

A Different Perspective

Cenospheres Trade & Engineering shareholders are down 24% for the year, falling short of the market return. Meanwhile, the broader market slid about 1.1%, likely weighing on the stock. However, the loss over the last year isn't as bad as the 24% per annum loss investors have suffered over the last three years. We would want clear information suggesting the company will grow, before taking the view that the share price will stabilize. Shareholders might want to examine this detailed historical graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

We will like Cenospheres Trade & Engineering 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 PL exchanges.

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