Did Changing Sentiment Drive Boingo Wireless’s (NASDAQ:WIFI) Share Price Down By 56%?

Generally speaking the aim of active stock picking is to find companies that provide returns that are superior to the market average. And in our experience, buying the right stocks can give your wealth a significant boost. To wit, the Boingo Wireless share price has climbed 56% in five years, easily topping the market return of 26% (ignoring dividends).

See our latest analysis for Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless 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. 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.

For the last half decade, Boingo Wireless can boast revenue growth at a rate of 18% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that’s a good result. While the compound gain of 9.3% per year is good, it’s not unreasonable given the strong revenue growth. If you think there could be more growth to come, now might be the time to take a close look at Boingo Wireless. Of course, you’ll have to research the business more fully to figure out if this is an attractive opportunity.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

NasdaqGS:WIFI Income Statement April 14th 2020
NasdaqGS:WIFI Income Statement April 14th 2020

We consider it positive that insiders have made significant purchases in the last year. Having said that, most people consider earnings and revenue growth trends to be a more meaningful guide to the business. You can see what analysts are predicting for Boingo Wireless in this interactive graph of future profit estimates.

A Different Perspective

We regret to report that Boingo Wireless shareholders are down 49% for the year. Unfortunately, that’s worse than the broader market decline of 4.0%. However, it could simply be that the share price has been impacted by broader market jitters. It might be worth keeping an eye on the fundamentals, in case there’s a good opportunity. On the bright side, long term shareholders have made money, with a gain of 9.3% per year over half a decade. If the fundamental data continues to indicate long term sustainable growth, the current sell-off could be an opportunity worth considering. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Boingo Wireless better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Boingo Wireless .

Boingo Wireless is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

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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