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If You Invested $1000 in j2 Global 10 Years Ago, This Is How Much You'd Have Now

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How much a stock's price changes over time is important for most investors, since price performance can both impact your investment portfolio and help you compare investment results across sectors and industries.

FOMO, or the fear of missing out, also plays a role in investing, particularly with tech giants and popular consumer-facing stocks.

What if you'd invested in j2 Global (JCOM) ten years ago? It may not have been easy to hold on to JCOM for all that time, but if you did, how much would your investment be worth today?

j2 Global's Business In-Depth

With that in mind, let's take a look at j2 Global's main business drivers.

Los Angeles-based J2 Global provides internet information and services. The company reported revenues of $1.49 billion in 2020.

J2 Global reports primarily in two business segments: Digital Media and Cloud Services.

Digital Media accounted for 55.5% of total revenues in 2020. The business specializes in the technology, shopping, gaming, and healthcare markets, offering content, tools and services to consumers and businesses.

The segment operates a portfolio of web properties and apps, including IGN, Mashable, PC Mag, Humble Bundle, Speed test, Offers, Black Friday, AskMen, MedPage Today, Everyday Health and What to Expect, among others.

The company generates revenues from advertising and sponsorships, subscription and usage fees, performance marketing and licensing fees.

During 2020, Digital Media web properties attracted approximately 9.1 billion visits and 31.5 billion page views.

J2 Global competes with IAC/InterActiveCorp, Red Ventures, Internet Brands, Google, Facebook and others in the Digital Media segment.

Cloud Services accounted for 45.5% of total revenues in 2020. Through this segment the company provides cloud-based subscription services to consumers and businesses including cloud fax, cybersecurity, privacy and marketing technology.

The company generates most of the revenues from customer subscription and usage fees.

Through this segment the company offers Cloud Fax (eFax, sFax, SRFax, MyFax, and eFax Corporate), Cybersecurity (VIPRE, Inspired eLearning, IPVanish, SugarSync, Encrypt.me and LiveDrive) and SMB Enablement Services (Campaigner, iContact, eVoice and Line2).

J2 Global’s Cloud Services business faces competition from cloud fax-providers, traditional fax machine or multi-function printer companies, unified messaging/communications providers, healthcare inoperability solutions, email marketing solution providers, cyber security software and service vendors, and virtual private networks.

Moreover, J2 Global’s online fax and cybersecurity solutions compete against traditional fax machine manufacturers as well as providers of online fax services, cybersecurity solutions and related software, including OpenText and Mimecast.

Bottom Line

While anyone can invest, building a lucrative investment portfolio takes research, patience, and a little bit of risk. If you had invested in j2 Global ten years ago, you're probably feeling pretty good about your investment today.

A $1000 investment made in May 2011 would be worth $4,583.33, or a 358.33% gain, as of May 25, 2021, according to our calculations. Investors should note that this return excludes dividends but includes price increases.

The S&P 500 rose 218.86% and the price of gold increased 18.69% over the same time frame in comparison.

Analysts are anticipating more upside for JCOM.

J2 Global’s first-quarter 2021 results benefited from outstanding growth in Cloud Services and Digital Media segments. The company’s broadband assets, Ookla and Ekahau grew in the reported quarter. Tech and gaming brands including IGN, Spiceworks, Mashable and PCMag witnessed growth driven by a strong advertising market. Moreover, gross margin expanded driven by solid growth in Digital Media margin. Notably, J2 Global's shares have outperformed the industry in the year to date period. J2 Global continues to benefit from accretive acquisitions and growing cybersecurity portfolio (endpoint email and VPN) that are expected to boost its prospects in the long haul. It expects to generate solid free cash flow. However, the company plans to invest in cybersecurity, Martech and RetailMeNot to support future growth, which will hurt margin.

Over the past four weeks, shares have rallied 5.19%, and there have been 4 higher earnings estimate revisions in the past two months for fiscal 2021 compared to none lower. The consensus estimate has moved up as well.
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