The ASX has produced dozens of winners in 2020. In particular, the 101 stocks that gained over 300 per cent.

Stockhead has compiled a list (see below) of the best performing ASX stocks in 2020 based on share price returns for the 12 months to December 31, 2020.

While Stockhead ordinarily focuses on small caps we have not used a market cap cut off because it would exclude many of the year’s success stories which saw former small caps go big.

Of the top 101 stocks, 58 came from the resources sector. A further 16 came from tech, nine each from the consumer sector, as well as eight each from energy and health and two in property.

Here are 2020’s 101 best performing ASX small caps – that all gained over 300 per cent:

(Note: Data excludes reverse takeovers)

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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

 

2020’s top three winners on the ASX

Taking the gold medal for ASX winners in 2020 is property developer Ultima United (ASX:UUL), having risen from under 2 cents to 50 cents.

The company has projects in Australia and Japan is looking at developing special disability accommodation under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

It hopes to begin construction on its flagship Bentley project in WA next year.

Silver medal goes to gold stock Brightstar Resources (ASX:BTR) which was until recently known as Stone Resources.

The company sold its Ben Hur gold project to Regis Resources (ASX:RRL) in a deal that reaped $10m up front plus a 1 per cent net smelter royalty in gold produced from the project. It is now looking to its Brightstar project near Laverton in WA.

Winning bronze is Legacy Iron Ore (ASX:LCY) which like Brightstar has a gold deposit around Laverton and is priming to drill next year.

But it also holds the Mt Bevan iron ore project which had been mothballed. Surging iron ore prices have left investors speculating it’ll dust it off.

 

Resources winners

Resources dominated the ASX’s 2020 winners list. The two biggest exploration success stories were De Grey Mining (ASX:DEG) and Chalice (ASX:CHN). They’re up by 1880 per cent and 1591 per cent respectively.

Wedged in between them is Vulcan Resources (ASX:VUL), sitting on a 1629 per cent gain.

In 2019 it pivoted from a copper-zinc project in Norway to a lithium project in Germany and has never looked back. The move gained even more attention in recent months as the electric vehicle boom ramped up.

A handful of rare earths plays were winners too, the biggest being Pensana Rare Earths (ASX:PM8) which began exploration at its project in Angola and has seen solid results thus far.

 

Tech winners

Tech produced the next highest number of ASX winners in 2020 (16) but nowhere near the resources sector.

All the tech companies on this list would arguably fit into individual sectors in their own right from ecommerce to cybersecurity. But coming out on top is payments company IOUpay (ASX:IOU) which has gained 1900 per cent.

The company has eyed off growth in the fast-growing ASEAN region. It is already one of the largest mobile banking and payment services providers in Malaysia, currently processing more than 17 million transactions per month, but is anticipating more growth in 2021.

Another notable winner was the ASX’s only pure play AI stock Brainchip (ASX:BRN). This company has been working on a computer chip that can mimic the human brain and has made substantial strides this year.

Several stocks have gained from the boom in cybersecurity but coming out on top is Tesserent (ASX:TNT) which is up 673 per cent, having made $100m in revenue in just three quarters and several acquisitions.

Geospatial analytics specialist Pointerra (ASX:3DP) has also taken off in the second half of this year since Bevan Slattery bought into the company and it made significant revenue gains this year.

 

Other winners

In the health sector, the top ASX winner was once again Race Oncology (ASX:RAC) which made further strides with its cancer-fighting drug Bisantrene.

Other ASX winners in health during 2020 include test kit makers Rhythm Biosciences (ASX:RHY) which focuses on colorectal cancer test kits and TBG Diagnostics (ASX:TDL) which focuses on COVID-19.

While Rhythm made significant strides all year, TBG has been suspended since mid-March when it announced its test kits were approved in Europe.

TBG has been suspended ever since as the ASX sought answers on how investors found out about its test kits before the news was announced. China blocked it from exporting the kits.

The consumer sector’s winner was Harris Technology (ASX:HT8) which is an online retailer selling, among other things, hygiene products.

Following them was meal kit delivery company Marley Spoon (ASX:MMM) which found lockdowns and the closure of restaurants in its various markets to be a godsend.

In energy, East Energy Resources (ASX:EER) sits on top thanks to a 1100 per cent gain which came in a single day in September. The surge came without any news from the company and led to its suspension.

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