As 2011 comes to a close, it's a great time to look back at what happened to the stocks that interest you. By making sure you know the important things that a company accomplished -- as well as the setbacks it experienced -- you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Samson Oil & Gas
Stats on Samson Oil & Gas
|Year-to-Date Stock Return||24.9%|
|Market Cap||$144 million|
|Revenue, Trailing 12 Months||$7.6 million|
|1-Year Revenue Growth||187.3%|
|1-Year Profit Growth||NM (loss of $8.4 million over past 12 months)|
|Cash / Debt||$54 million / $0|
Source: S&P Capital IQ. NM = not meaningful.
What happened to Samson Oil & Gas this year?
There's nothing more exciting for an investor than to own a company that's on the cutting edge of something big. That's where Samson is right now, as the tiny Australia-based driller has worked hard to fund its development programs, selling off some of its Wyoming properties to Chesapeake Energy
Even more promising have been early results from Samson's Niobrara holdings, through its joint venture with Halliburton
The real question for Samson is whether continuing consolidation will make it a target that's too hard to resist. As one of the cheapest Bakken stocks, Samson could see acquisition interest from giants like ExxonMobil
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