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RingCentral's (NYSE:RNG) Wonderful 615% Share Price Increase Shows How Capitalism Can Build Wealth

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Long term investing can be life changing when you buy and hold the truly great businesses. And we've seen some truly amazing gains over the years. To wit, the RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG) share price has soared 615% over five years. And this is just one example of the epic gains achieved by some long term investors. Also pleasing for shareholders was the 30% gain in the last three months.

Anyone who held for that rewarding ride would probably be keen to talk about it.

View our latest analysis for RingCentral

Because RingCentral 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. 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.

For the last half decade, RingCentral can boast revenue growth at a rate of 27% per year. That's well above most pre-profit companies. Arguably, this is well and truly reflected in the strong share price gain of 48%(per year) over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like RingCentral have been known to go on winning for decades. On the face of it, this looks lke a good opportunity, although we note sentiment seems very positive already.

The chart below shows how revenue and earnings have changed with time, (if you click on the chart you can see the actual values).

NYSE:RNG Income Statement, April 29th 2019

RingCentral is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. Given we have quite a good number of analyst forecasts, it might be well worth checking out this free chart depicting consensus estimates.

A Different Perspective

It's nice to see that RingCentral shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 71% over the last year. That gain is better than the annual TSR over five years, which is 48%. Therefore it seems like sentiment around the company has been positive lately. Someone with an optimistic perspective could view the recent improvement in TSR as indicating that the business itself is getting better with time. If you would like to research RingCentral 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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