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Pancontinental Resources Corporation (CVE:PUC) shareholders will doubtless be very grateful to see the share price up 60% in the last quarter. But in truth the last year hasn't been good for the share price. In fact, the price has declined 50% in a year, falling short of the returns you could get by investing in an index fund.
We don't think Pancontinental Resources's revenue of CA$8,086 is enough to establish significant demand. 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. For example, investors may be hoping that Pancontinental Resources finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.
We think companies that have neither significant revenues nor profits are pretty high risk. 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 go on to make revenue, profits, and generate value, others get hyped up by hopeful naifs before eventually going bankrupt.
Pancontinental Resources had cash in excess of all liabilities of just CA$593k when it last reported (March 2019). So if it has not already moved to replenish reserves, we think the near-term chances of a capital raising event are pretty high. That probably explains why the share price is down 50% in the last year. The image below shows how Pancontinental Resources's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image. The image below shows how Pancontinental Resources's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.
In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. Given that situation, would you be concerned if it turned out insiders were relentlessly selling stock? I would feel more nervous about the company if that were so. It only takes a moment for you to check whether we have identified any insider sales recently.
A Different Perspective
While the broader market gained around 0.4% in the last year, Pancontinental Resources shareholders lost 50%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 2.7% per year over half a decade. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. Before spending more time on Pancontinental Resources it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
We will like Pancontinental Resources 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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