These 3 ASX shares have doubled, can they do it again?

These have been some of the performers on the ASX this year.

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Key points

  • Terracom shares have soared this year thanks to a booming coal price and big dividends
  • MMA Offshore is benefiting from a recovery of conditions, as well as a strong outlook for projects
  • Warrego Energy has received multiple takeover bids

The ASX share market has seen plenty of volatility this year. A number of businesses have dropped 40%, 50% or even more. However, a select few have managed to go up by more than 100% over the last 12 months.

With that level of rise, past performance is definitely not a reliable indicator of future performance.

However, we have also seen in the past that some winners have kept on winning. Over the past decade, CSL Limited (ASX: CSL), Altium Limited (ASX: ALU) and Pro Medicus Limited (ASX: PME). But, that level of long-term growth is rare, requiring consistent strong growth over many years.

Let's have a look at some of the strongest performers and consider whether they could keep rising.

Terracom Ltd (ASX: TER)

One of the strongest performers on the ASX over the past year has been Terracom Ltd (ASX: TER). It has risen by more than 340%.

Terracom is a coal miner with a presence in both Australia and South Africa. It says that it's a low-cost producer focusing on delivering "exceptional outcomes".

The ASX share recently recommenced paying dividends, and its intention is to pay quarterly dividends. At the moment it's paying a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share, which is an annualised grossed-up dividend yield of 67%. Its policy is to pay between 60% to 90% of net profit after tax (NPAT) on a quarterly basis.

It has benefited enormously from the higher coal price and the board is now considering a share buyback. The company is also considering future projects and acquisitions which the company comes across.

However, will the coal price keep rising? I'm not sure about that, but it seems that a lot of dividend income is headed investors' way.

MMA Offshore Ltd (ASX: MRM)

This ASX share describes itself as a primary contractor to oil and gas operators, providing autonomous underwater vehicle solutions to collect seafloor and sub-seafloor data to assist in the engineering design of subsea infrastructure.

Over the last year, the MMA Offshore share price has gone up by around 115%.

The company is working on capitalising on "momentum" in both traditional and new energy markets while working to maximise operating leverage through increased utilisation and rates. It continues to seek growth opportunities for acquisitions.

Its outlook for the ASX share is "positive", with significant activity forecast for oil and gas, as well as offshore wind, over the next five years. Vessel and subsea services markets are "continuing to improve".

The MMA Offshore share price is still down 30% from the pre-COVID level. But, I'm not sure if it can double again from here in a short amount of time. But, over time, it may be able to achieve more for shareholders.

Warrego Energy Ltd (ASX: WGO)

Warrego Energy describes itself as a UK and Australian-based petroleum exploration, development and production company with assets in Australia and Spain.

The Warrego Energy share price has soared this year, rising by around 145% over the last 12 months.

The ASX share is benefiting from a bidding war for the business.

It was recently announced that the Warrego board has unanimously recommended Gina Rinehart's Hancock offer of 28 cents of cash per Warrego share.

I think it's highly unlikely that the Warrego Energy share price will double again from here. Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) has already announced that it's not going to match Hancock's offer. Time will tell if there are any other bidders.

Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison has positions in Altium. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Altium, CSL, and Pro Medicus. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Pro Medicus. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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