If I’d invested £10,000 in RC365 shares at the start of 2023, here’s what I’d have today

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The FTSE is infamous for being host to stocks with relatively little growth as compared to their US peers. But RC365 (LON:RCGH) shares, up 85%, have been one of the stock market’s biggest winners in 2023. So, here’s how much I would have if I had invested £10,000 in the stock at the start of 2023.

Explosive gains

If I’d invested £10,000 at the very start of the year, RC365 would have generated a return of approximately 83% on my investment. This translates to roughly a profit of £8,300 (excluding broker fees and/or capital gains tax).

Metrics RC365 shares
Amount invested £10,000
Stock growth 83%
Total dividends N/A
Total return £18,300
Data source: RC365

Given the time frame and broader performance of the stock market, RC365 shares have actually produced a rather generous return. The FTSE 100 is pretty much flat, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ is only up 32%. Nonetheless, there is one main reason behind the stock’s rally this year.

In June, an allegedly sponsored article titled, “Missed Nvidia? This London-based AI stock has the potential to achieve a remarkable surge of over 1,000%” made the rounds. This sparked a tremendous amount of interest in RC365 and resulted in a surge in its share price. The stock rose by as much as 685% from its June low, as the article tied the small-cap company to advancements in artificial intelligence (AI).

An intelligent buy?

However, whether the stock can genuinely be classified as an AI play is the main question — and most investors would answer that it cannot. This could also be the reason why the RC365 share price has lost most of its momentum since peaking in July. After all, the shares are now down 80% from their all-time high.

This is because, apart from the firm’s memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Hatcher Group to deliver ‘AI solutions’, RC365 hasn’t shown any groundbreaking AI technology that justifies its current valuation. In fact, RC365 is actually a payments solutions business. Therefore, with a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio (54.0) that’s even higher than NVIDIA‘s (33.2), and profits still a long way away, it’s bizarre to see the shares trading at such levels.

Nonetheless, supporters will justify RC365’s share gains with the fact that the group more than doubled its revenue in its latest financial year. This growth shouldn’t be discounted as it could potentially lead to ginormous profits in the future.

That said, considering the lack of clarity in RC365’s financial statements there’s not a lot investors can use to evaluate its shares. It only releases detailed information in its annual audited statements, which are published three months following the end of its financial year. This presents a considerable amount of risk and volatility to potential investors.

Can RC365 shares continue to grow?

Still, there’s every possibility that the RC365 share price can rebound from its current slump and head to new highs. This could especially be the case if there’s a surprise in revenue and/or profits. Even so, with no qualified analysts covering the stock, it’s difficult to assess where it could go.

So, despite the monumental gains RC365 shares have witnessed this year, the risks to the downside remain relatively high. As such, if I had invested £10,000 at the start of the year in this stock, I’d take this opportunity to cash in on handsome gains right now before I potentially lost it all.

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