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If You Had Bought Mimecast (NASDAQ:MIME) Shares Three Years Ago You'd Have Made 188%

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Mimecast Limited (NASDAQ:MIME) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 11% in the last month. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been very strong. In fact, the share price is up a full 188% compared to three years ago. It's not uncommon to see a share price retrace a bit, after a big gain. The fundamental business performance will ultimately dictate whether the top is in, or if this is a stellar buying opportunity.

View our latest analysis for Mimecast

Because Mimecast is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. Some companies are willing to postpone profitability to grow revenue faster, but in that case one does expect good top-line growth.

Mimecast's revenue trended up 30% each year over three years. That's much better than most loss-making companies. Along the way, the share price gained 42% per year, a solid pop by our standards. This suggests the market has recognized the progress the business has made, at least to a significant degree. Nonetheless, we'd say Mimecast is still worth investigating - successful businesses can often keep growing for long periods.

The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).

NasdaqGS:MIME Income Statement, August 13th 2019

It's probably worth noting that the CEO is paid less than the median at similar sized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Mimecast

A Different Perspective

We're pleased to report that Mimecast rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 10% over the last year. The TSR has been even better over three years, coming in at 42% per year. Before spending more time on Mimecast it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.

But note: Mimecast may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with past earnings growth (and further growth forecast).

Please note, the market returns quoted in this article reflect the market weighted average returns of stocks that currently trade on US exchanges.

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