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The Helios Energy (ASX:HE8) Share Price Is Up 931% And Shareholders Are Delighted

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While Helios Energy Limited (ASX:HE8) shareholders are probably generally happy, the stock hasn't had particularly good run recently, with the share price falling 13% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last half decade have been spectacular. In fact, during that period, the share price climbed 931%. Impressive! So we don't think the recent decline in the share price means its story is a sad one. But the real question is whether the business fundamentals can improve over the long term.

It really delights us to see such great share price performance for investors.

View our latest analysis for Helios Energy

With just AU$46,133 worth of revenue in twelve months, we don't think the market considers Helios Energy to have proven its business plan. 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 Helios Energy will discover or develop fossil fuel before too long.

As a general rule, if a company doesn't have much revenue, and it loses money, then it is a high risk investment. 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). Helios Energy has already given some investors a taste of the sweet gains that high risk investing can generate, if your timing is right.

When it reported in December 2018 Helios Energy had minimal cash in excess of all liabilities consider its expenditure: just AU$6.8m to be specific. So if it has not already moved to replenish reserves, we think the near-term chances of a capital raising event are pretty high. It's a testament to the popularity of the business plan that the share price gained 59% per year, over 5 years, despite the weak balance sheet. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Helios Energy's cash levels have changed over time. You can click on the image below to see (in greater detail) how Helios Energy's cash levels have changed over time.

ASX:HE8 Historical Debt, August 8th 2019

Of course, the truth is that it is hard to value companies without much revenue or profit. Given that situation, many of the best investors like to check if insiders have been buying shares. It's usually a positive if they have, as it may indicate they see value in the stock. Luckily we are in a position to provide you with this free chart of insider buying (and selling).

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Helios Energy has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 67% in the last twelve months. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 59%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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 AU exchanges.

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