Taking the occasional loss comes part and parcel with investing on the stock market. Anyone who held Golden Predator Mining Corp. (CVE:GPY) over the last year knows what a loser feels like. The share price has slid 62% in that time. Notably, shareholders had a tough run over the longer term, too, with a drop of 56% in the last three years. Furthermore, it's down 27% in about a quarter. That's not much fun for holders. We note that the company has reported results fairly recently; and the market is hardly delighted. You can check out the latest numbers in our company report.
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With zero revenue generated over twelve months, we don't think that Golden Predator Mining has proved its business plan yet. We can't help wondering why it's publicly listed so early in its journey. Are venture capitalists not interested? So it seems that the investors focused more on what could be, than paying attention to the current revenues (or lack thereof). For example, investors may be hoping that Golden Predator Mining finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.
We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. There is usually a significant chance that they will need more money for business development, putting them at the mercy of capital markets. So the share price itself impacts the value of the shares (as it determines the cost of capital). While some such companies go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt. Some Golden Predator Mining investors have already had a taste of the bitterness stocks like this can leave in the mouth.
Our data indicates that Golden Predator Mining had net debt of CA$1,002,631 when it last reported in December 2018. That makes it extremely high risk, in our view. But with the share price diving 62% in the last year, it's probably fair to say that some shareholders no longer believe the company will succeed. You can see in the image below, how Golden Predator Mining's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values).
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. Given that situation, would you be concerned if it turned out insiders were relentlessly selling 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
Golden Predator Mining shareholders are down 62% for the year, but the market itself is up 1.5%. 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. Longer term investors wouldn't be so upset, since they would have made 7.3%, 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. Before spending more time on Golden Predator Mining it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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