The top 100 ASX stocks in 2020 all made gains of 300% or more but only a couple achieved the feat again this year.

Almost a year ago today, Stockhead recapped the top stocks in 2020 and we thought before we compiled a list of best stocks this year, we’d check in with last years’ winners too.

That list of stocks with the biggest gains in 2020 is only up a modest 8% this year – even lower than the ASX 200 average.

Over a dozen have lost more than 50% and a quartet have not even survived 2021.

But a couple gained over 300% and a further eight gained between 100% and 300%.

Here’s a list of 2020’s top 100 ASX stocks and their gains last year

Code Company Price ReturnYRoll% Sector MktCap$
UUL Ultima United 0.5 3025 Property $18,328,563
BTR Brightstar Resources 0.057 2750 Resources $ 24,837,793.55
LCY Legacy Iron Ore 0.043 2050 Resources $ 268,631,256.23
HT8 Harris Technology Gl 0.19 2011 Consumer $ 48,449,141.39
IOU Ioupay Limited 0.14 1900 Tech $ 63,067,489.10
DEG De Grey Mining 0.99 1880 Resources $ 1,265,630,910.39
VUL Vulcan Energy 2.68 1629 Resources $ 211,542,503.60
CHN Chalice Mining Ltd 3.72 1591 Resources $ 1,256,705,826.84
NCL Netccentric Ltd 0.078 1460 Tech $ 20,475,000.00
CWL Consol Financial Hld 0.037 1342 Tech $ 4,692,628.53
SRN Surefire Rescs NL 0.027 1250 Resources $ 26,163,291.44
AUT Auteco Minerals 0.1 1150 Resources $ 156,717,893.60
EER East Energy Resource 0.036 1100 Energy $ 115,235,533.26
8VI 8Vi Holdings Limited 1.75 1067 Consumer $ 77,660,528.75
MMM Marley Spoon 2.72 988 Consumer $ 696,388,000.00
PM8 Pensana Rare Earths 1.84 951 Resources $ 235,377,981.44
SKN Skin Elements Ltd 0.091 913 Consumer $ 31,113,556.93
TDL Tbg Diagnostics Ltd 0.27 900 Health $ 58,748,568.03
3DP Pointerra Limited 0.53 881 Tech $ 355,488,549.36
E25 Element 25 Ltd 1.56 872 Resources $ 206,247,073.57
SI6 SI6 Metals Limited 0.028 833 Resources $ 36,614,055.32
RAC Race Oncology Ltd 1.7 819 Health $ 220,080,087.50
BRN Brainchip Ltd 0.425 785 Tech $ 687,051,424.90
GRV Greenvale Mining Ltd 0.125 716 Energy $ 42,678,700.50
CAD Caeneus Minerals 0.008 700 Resources $ 31,493,286.25
TNT Tesserent Limited 0.34 673 Tech $ 339,428,528.00
ESR Estrella Res Ltd 0.069 667 Resources $ 62,066,344.63
PDI Predictive Disc Ltd 0.06 660 Resources $ 61,021,312.92
KKO Kinetiko Energy Ltd 0.15 650 Energy $ 85,174,841.70
SAN Sagalio Energy Ltd 0.015 650 Energy $ 3,069,901.95
RHY Rhythm Biosciences 0.84 638 Health $ 169,256,481.24
CTE Cryosite Limited 0.375 608 Health $ 17,572,336.13
IBX Imagion Biosys Ltd 0.14 581 Health $ 139,771,420.32
AVE Avecho Biotech Ltd 0.027 575 Health $ 43,170,156.36
KTE K2 Energy Ltd 0.027 575 Tech $ 8,117,743.08
WWI West Wits Mining Ltd 0.06 567 Resources $ 72,969,277.20
SUV Suvo Strategic 0.13 550 Resources $ 47,851,471.85
WOA Wide Open Agriculture 0.87 544 Consumer $ 79,522,656.24
SHH Shree Minerals Ltd 0.019 533 Resources $ 15,375,500.95
CVV Caravel Minerals Ltd 0.2 525 Resources $ 57,475,982.60
ENX Enegex Limited 0.053 521 Resources $ 7,493,935.11
HTG Harvest Tech Grp Ltd 0.32 515 Tech $ 156,893,037.76
DW8 Digital Wine Venture 0.043 514 Consumer $ 67,182,426.56
BNL Blue Star Helium Ltd 0.043 514 Energy $ 53,021,705.35
IHR intelliHR Limited 0.49 512 Tech $ 135,846,272.59
ADN Andromeda Metals Ltd 0.275 511 Resources $ 592,000,152.43
WBT Weebit Nano Ltd 2.46 496 Tech $ 283,893,274.20
AUR Auris Minerals Ltd 0.081 479 Resources $ 38,606,702.52
MSM MSM Corporation Intl 0.072 454 Tech $ 60,653,756.59
AGE Alligator Energy 0.011 450 Energy $ 25,893,922.56
VR1 Vection Technologies 0.125 443 Tech $ 120,731,130.88
LRS Latin Resources Ltd 0.027 440 Resources $ 32,262,578.40
MAN Mandrake Res Ltd 0.081 440 Resources $ 26,505,153.40
ARR American Rare Earths 0.085 431 Resources $ 28,036,082.02
OAR Oakdale Resource Ltd 0.019 428 Resources $ 30,762,184.56
CNB Carnaby Resource Ltd 0.385 427 Resources $ 45,360,945.25
MTC Metalstech Ltd 0.205 413 Resources $ 30,046,365.79
EM1 Emerge Gaming Ltd 0.082 413 Tech $ 66,732,125.29
ADO Anteotech Ltd 0.105 411 Health $ 196,342,815.38
CRO Cirralto Ltd 0.038 407 Tech $ 64,462,956.34
BET Betmakers Tech Group 0.7 400 Consumer $ 421,051,292.20
MHC Manhattan Corp Ltd 0.025 400 Energy $ 33,156,967.33
RDN Raiden Resources Ltd 0.03 400 Resources $ 25,582,295.43
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0.015 400 Resources $ 7,046,006.76
RBL Redbubble Limited 5.61 396 Consumer $ 1,523,019,018.51
TAR Taruga Minerals 0.053 382 Resources $ 24,231,679.82
RGL Riversgold 0.048 380 Resources $ 18,995,886.77
PTR Petratherm Ltd 0.185 374 Resources $ 34,846,376.89
FYI FYI Resources Ltd 0.245 362 Resources $ 73,695,017.31
KIN KIN Min NL 0.16 362 Resources $ 112,069,547.52
ANX Anax Metals Ltd 0.046 360 Resources $ 12,889,495.60
AL8 Alderan Resource Ltd 0.115 360 Resources $ 34,263,225.58
FHS Freehill Mining Ltd. 0.064 357 Resources $ 104,560,452.29
CTM Centaurus Metals Ltd 0.815 353 Resources $ 265,573,585.40
ACP Audalia Res Ltd 0.027 350 Resources $ 18,687,677.16
DDD 3D Resources Limited 0.0045 350 Resources $ 16,269,174.41
SBR Sabre Resources 0.009 350 Resources $ 15,147,572.84
GWR GWR Group Ltd 0.395 349 Resources $ 119,176,426.44
TMZ Thomson Res Ltd 0.11 346 Resources $ 34,648,712.34
EMV Emvision Medical 3.06 343 Health $ 216,534,351.60
FEX Fenix Resources Ltd 0.235 343 Resources $ 101,734,771.20
NME Nex Metals Explorat 0.057 338 Resources $ 15,220,346.57
MYQ Myfiziq Limited 1.2 336 Tech $ 154,060,753.20
MGT Magnetite Mines 0.013 335 Resources $ 37,132,591.08
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0.026 333 Resources $ 13,445,506.07
SCN Scorpion Minerals 0.06 329 Resources $ 13,771,071.54
JPR Jupiter Energy 0.047 327 Energy $ 7,208,751.57
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0.017 325 Resources $ 36,262,052.03
KMT Kopore Metals Ltd 0.017 325 Resources $ 10,929,111.30
ABR American Pacific 1.46 323 Resources $ 466,714,577.74
GBZ GBM Rsources Ltd 0.14 319 Resources $ 56,371,071.96
MCT Metalicity Limited 0.018 315 Resources $ 31,396,383.34
TPW Temple & Webster Ltd 11.25 312 Consumer $ 1,355,095,440.00
CY5 Cygnus Gold Limited 0.18 309 Resources $ 19,452,617.64
FE8 Faster Enterprises 0.049 308 Property $ 5,433,385.14
AZS Azure Minerals 0.53 308 Resources $ 163,285,432.13
ZEO Zeotech Limited 0.053 308 Resources $ 74,149,712.75
SVM Sovereign Metals 0.375 308 Resources $ 147,839,085.38
ARV Artemis Resources 0.11 307 Resources $ 125,044,074.87
DTZ Dotz Nano Ltd 0.24 307 Tech $ 90,331,770.72
MGV Musgrave Minerals 0.36 304 Resources $ 187,933,222.80

 

And here’s how the top stocks went in 2021…

 

One year on – the two biggest gainers among 2020’s top stocks

Alligator Energy (ASX:AGE) tops the list with another 500% gain in 2021, on top of its 450% pop in 2020. Like its peers in the uranium sector it has followed the gains in the yellowcake spot price.

As with its peers, improving prices mean previously mothballed projects may now be feasible once more.

This company’s key projects are the ‘Samphire’ project in South Australia and ‘Alligator Rivers’ in the Northern Territory.

Predictive Discovery (ASX:PDI) finished 2020 over 600% higher than it began and gained another 317% this year. The gold explorer took off in April 2020 after netting a big hit at its Bankan project in Guinea.

In 2021 it has excited investors with further exploration activity as well as a maiden inferred resource of 72.8Mt at 1.56g/t for 3.65Moz for Bankan at a “discovery cost” of just $4/oz.

Among stocks that gained between 100% and 300%, Chalice (ASX:CHN) was the top success story. It continued to rocket after continued exploration success at Julimar culminating in a resource definition and a spin-off of its other projects.

Non-resources successes included Race Oncology (ASX:RAC) which made further strides with its cancer-fighting drug Bisantrene and Rhythm Biosciences (ASX:RHY) which focuses on colorectal cancer test kits.

Rhythm’s achievements included obtaining European approval, going full steam ahead on recruitment for its long awaited clinical trial and identifying further cancers to target in the future.

Other top 2020 companies recorded far more modest gains than last year. 2020’s top stock was property developer Ultima United (ASX:UUL), which rose 3000% but only gained 13% this year.

De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG), which rose nearly 1900% last year, only gained 17% this year while Vection (ASX:VR1) only gained 20%, much of it made in the past couple of months amidst hype about the metaverse.

 

Top losers

Unfortunately, other stocks which recorded a substantial gain in 2020 failed to make it back to the top this year.

Two such companies are HR tech company intelliHR (ASX:IHR) and geospatial cloud-based data-as-a-service company, Pointerra (ASX:3DP) which both rose after tech entreprenuer Bevan Slattery invested in them. Their prices gradually retreated in the months that followed.

Other stocks on the list included those that reached the top in 2020 due to changed consumer habits, but then retreated in 2021. This was either because consumers returned to their old ways, or in cases where consumers stuck with them, growth stagnated compared to 2020.

Examples include ecommerce stocks Temple & Webster (ASX:TPW) and Redbubble (ASX:RBL), as well as meal kit delivery company Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM).

 

Stocks that didn’t survive

While those stocks will at least live to see the start of 2022, four companies that made the top 100 gains in 2020 will not.

While K2 Energy (ASX:KTE) technically survived, it shifted from the ASX to the NSX as the ASX refused to accept it had sufficient operations to be listed.

K2 Energy traditionally specialised in oil and gas but has undertaken little exploration activity in recent times.

However it held a stake in NASDAQ-listed semiconductor company Atomera as well as worldwide rights to MST Technology which is a solar energy application.

Next was Pensana Rare Earths (ASX:PM8) which in 2020 rose off the back of exploration at its project in Angola and saw solid results. But it opted to bite the dust on its ASX listing just three weeks into 2021 and be solely listed on the London Stock Exchange.

eSports company MSM (ASX:MSM) opted to delist towards the back end of the year amidst uncertainty over whether a proposed transaction, which had caused its shares to be suspended, would proceed.

And COVID-19 test kit maker TBG Diagnostics (ASX:TDL) was booted off for failing to pay its listing fees.

It had been suspended since mid-March 2020 when ASX sought answers on how investors found out about its test kits being approved in Europe before the news was announced.

Unfortunately, China blocked it from exporting the kits anyway.