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The most you can lose on any stock (assuming you don't use leverage) is 100% of your money. But when you pick a company that is really flourishing, you can make more than 100%. For example, the RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNWK) share price has soared 114% in the last year. Most would be very happy with that, especially in just one year! Shareholders are also celebrating an even better 130% rise, over the last three months. On the other hand, longer term shareholders have had a tougher run, with the stock falling 5.6% in three years.
RealNetworks wasn't profitable in the last twelve months, it is unlikely we'll see a strong correlation between its share price and its earnings per share (EPS). Arguably revenue is our next best option. When a company doesn't make profits, we'd generally expect to see good revenue growth. That's because it's hard to be confident a company will be sustainable if revenue growth is negligible, and it never makes a profit.
RealNetworks grew its revenue by 163% last year. That's stonking growth even when compared to other loss-making stocks. Meanwhile, the market has paid attention, sending the share price soaring 114% in response. It's great to see strong revenue growth, but the question is whether it can be sustained. The strong share price rise indicates optimism, so there may be a better opportunity for buyers as the hype fades a bit.
The graphic below depicts how earnings and revenue have changed over time (unveil the exact values by clicking on the image).
Balance sheet strength is crucial. It might be well worthwhile taking a look at our free report on how its financial position has changed over time.
A Different Perspective
It's good to see that RealNetworks has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 114% in the last twelve months. That certainly beats the loss of about 3% per year over the last half decade. This makes us a little wary, but the business might have turned around its fortunes. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand RealNetworks better, we need to consider many other factors. Even so, be aware that RealNetworks is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant...
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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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