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Did You Participate In Any Of Sayona Mining's (ASX:SYA) Incredible 307% Return?

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Some Sayona Mining Limited (ASX:SYA) shareholders are probably rather concerned to see the share price fall 42% over the last three months. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last five years have been very strong. We think most investors would be happy with the 250% return, over that period. So while it's never fun to see a share price fall, it's important to look at a longer time horizon. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price. While the returns over the last 5 years have been good, we do feel sorry for those shareholders who haven't held shares that long, because the share price is down 59% in the last three years.

See our latest analysis for Sayona Mining

We don't think Sayona Mining's revenue of AU$43,241 is enough to establish significant demand. 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 Sayona Mining finds some valuable resources, before it runs out of money.

Companies that lack both meaningful revenue and profits are usually considered high risk. You should be aware that the company needed to issue more shares recently so that it could raise enough 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. Of course, if you time it right, high risk investments like this can really pay off, as Sayona Mining investors might know.

Our data indicates that Sayona Mining had more in total liabilities than it had cash, when it last reported. That put it in the highest risk category, according to our analysis. So the fact that the stock is up 65% per year, over 5 years shows that the cash injection was a welcome one. It's clear more than a few people believe in the potential. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Sayona Mining's cash levels have changed over time.

ASX:SYA Historical Debt May 26th 2020

In reality it's hard to have much certainty when valuing a business that has neither revenue or profit. One thing you can do is check if company insiders are buying shares. If they are buying a significant amount of shares, that's certainly a good thing. You can click here to see if there are insiders buying.

What about the Total Shareholder Return (TSR)?

We've already covered Sayona Mining's share price action, but we should also mention its total shareholder return (TSR). The TSR attempts to capture the value of dividends (as if they were reinvested) as well as any spin-offs or discounted capital raisings offered to shareholders. Sayona Mining hasn't been paying dividends, but its TSR of 307% exceeds its share price return of 250%, implying it has either spun-off a business, or raised capital at a discount; thereby providing additional value to shareholders.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Sayona Mining shareholders are down 28% for the year. Unfortunately, that's worse than the broader market decline of 10%. Having said that, it's inevitable that some stocks will be oversold in a falling market. The key is to keep your eyes on the fundamental developments. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 32% 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. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we've identified 5 warning signs for Sayona Mining (2 are significant) that you should be aware of.

Sayona Mining is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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

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