50- and 100-baggers in the Australian stock market

By picking the right stocks on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), you could have made 50 or 100 times your money (a 5,000-10,000% return). This compares with a 1.7% return on my brother’s term deposit last year.

100-baggers

You would have made 100 times your money by picking these companies:

Security Code Buy price Buy date Sell price Sell date Return Time
Altium ALU $0.083 27-Jun-11 $9.12 28-Sep-2016 109× 5 yrs, 4 months
TPG Telecom TPM $0.108 21-Nov-08 $12.52 04-Aug-16 115× 7 yrs, 9 months
​Syrah Resources SYR $0.026 19-Mar-09 $3.39 13-Feb-13 130× 3 yrs, 11 months
Sandfire Resources SFR $0.052 12-Mar-09 $8.14 30-Dec-10 156× 1 yr, 10 months

50-baggers

You would have made 50 times your money by picking these companies:

Security Code Buy price Buy date Sell price Sell date Return Time
Magellan Financial Group MFG $0.34 05-Mar-09 27.49 13-Jun-17 80× 8 yrs, 4 months
MNF Group MNF $0.077 04-Nov-08 $4.85 28-Oct-16 62× 8 yrs

What goes down must come up

When share prices fall by more than 90%, they don’t usually recover. There are exceptions though; by holding on, you would have rebounded with these companies:

Security Code Buy price Buy date Sell price Sell date Return Time
St Barbara SBM $2.79 18-Nov-10 $0.09 08-Dec-14 $2.84 20-Jun-16

Some notes about these figures:

  • The newest baggers are listed first
  • The time (waiting period) is rounded up to the nearest month
  • The buy price is the highest price on the buy date
  • The sell price is the lowest price on the sell date
  • Returns on investment are rounded down to the nearest whole number
  • Prices may have gone higher than the sell price (after the sell date)
  • Prices are equivalent to consolidations (i.e. if a 10-cent share underwent a 5-to-1 consolidation, the effective price is calculated at 50 cents, not 10 cents).