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Introducing VirnetX Holding (NYSEMKT:VHC), A Stock That Climbed 80% In The Last Three Years

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VirnetX Holding Corp (NYSEMKT:VHC) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 27% in the last quarter. But don't let that distract from the very nice return generated over three years. In fact, the company's share price bested the return of its market index in that time, posting a gain of 80%.

See our latest analysis for VirnetX Holding

We don't think VirnetX Holding's revenue of US$87,000 is enough to establish significant demand. So it seems shareholders are too busy dreaming about the progress to come than dwelling on the current (lack of) revenue. It seems likely some shareholders believe that VirnetX Holding will significantly advance the business plan 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. 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 VirnetX Holding investors have already had a taste of the sweet taste stocks like this can leave in the mouth, as they gain popularity and attract speculative capital.

VirnetX Holding had cash in excess of all liabilities of just US$6.1m when it last reported (June 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. It's a testament to the popularity of the business plan that the share price gained 108% per year, over 3 years , despite the weak balance sheet. You can see in the image below, how VirnetX Holding's cash levels have changed over time (click to see the values). The image below shows how VirnetX Holding's balance sheet has changed over time; if you want to see the precise values, simply click on the image.

AMEX:VHC Historical Debt, October 24th 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. 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. 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 VirnetX Holding has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 47% in the last twelve months. There's no doubt those recent returns are much better than the TSR loss of 1.8% per year over five years. We generally put more weight on the long term performance over the short term, but the recent improvement could hint at a (positive) inflection point within the business. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

Of course VirnetX Holding may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of growth stocks.

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

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