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When Can We Expect A Profit From 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNET)?

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21Vianet Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:VNET): 21Vianet Group, Inc. provides carrier and cloud-neutral Internet data center services to Internet companies, government entities, blue-chip enterprises, and small-to mid-sized enterprises in the People’s Republic of China. The US$801m market-cap company announced a latest loss of -CN¥205.1m on 31 December 2018 for its most recent financial year result. As path to profitability is the topic on VNET’s investors mind, I’ve decided to gauge market sentiment. In this article, I will touch on the expectations for VNET’s growth and when analysts expect the company to become profitable.

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Consensus from the 2 IT analysts is VNET is on the verge of breakeven. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2019, before generating positive profits of CN¥20m in 2020. So, VNET is predicted to breakeven approximately a couple of months from now! In order to meet this breakeven date, I calculated the rate at which VNET must grow year-on-year. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 60% is expected, which is extremely buoyant. If this rate turns out to be too aggressive, VNET may become profitable much later than analysts predict.

NasdaqGS:VNET Past and Future Earnings, April 11th 2019

Underlying developments driving VNET’s growth isn’t the focus of this broad overview, but, take into account that by and large a high growth rate is not out of the ordinary, particularly when a company is in a period of investment.

One thing I would like to bring into light with VNET is its relatively high level of debt. Typically, debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in VNET’s case is 61%. A higher level of debt requires more stringent capital management which increases the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are too many aspects of VNET to cover in one brief article, but the key fundamentals for the company can all be found in one place – VNET’s company page on Simply Wall St. I’ve also put together a list of key aspects you should further research:

  1. Historical Track Record: What has VNET's performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on 21Vianet Group’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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