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Such Is Life: How Barnes & Noble Education (NYSE:BNED) Shareholders Saw Their Shares Drop 66%

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It is a pleasure to report that the Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED) is up 34% in the last quarter. But that doesn't change the fact that the returns over the last three years have been disappointing. Indeed, the share price is down a tragic 66% in the last three years. So it is really good to see an improvement. After all, could be that the fall was overdone.

Check out our latest analysis for Barnes & Noble Education

Barnes & Noble Education isn't currently profitable, so most analysts would look to revenue growth to get an idea of how fast the underlying business is growing. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. That's because fast revenue growth can be easily extrapolated to forecast profits, often of considerable size.

In the last three years, Barnes & Noble Education saw its revenue grow by 3.0% per year, compound. Given it's losing money in pursuit of growth, we are not really impressed with that. This uninspiring revenue growth has no doubt helped send the share price lower; it dropped 30% during the period. When a stock falls hard like this, some investors like to add the company to a watchlist (in case the business recovers, longer term). Keep in mind it isn't unusual for good businesses to have a tough time or a couple of uninspiring years.

The image below shows how earnings and revenue have tracked over time (if you click on the image you can see greater detail).

NYSE:BNED Income Statement, December 17th 2019
NYSE:BNED Income Statement, December 17th 2019

You can see how its balance sheet has strengthened (or weakened) over time in this free interactive graphic.

A Different Perspective

Barnes & Noble Education shareholders are up 5.8% for the year. It's always nice to make money but this return falls short of the market return which was about 28% for the year. The silver lining is that the recent rise is far preferable to the annual loss of 30% that shareholders have suffered over the last three years. It could well be that the business is stabilizing. If you would like to research Barnes & Noble Education in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

If you are like me, then you will not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

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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