Introducing Xunlei (NASDAQ:XNET), The Stock That Tanked 73%

As every investor would know, you don’t hit a homerun every time you swing. But it’s not unreasonable to try to avoid truly shocking capital losses. So spare a thought for the long term shareholders of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET); the share price is down a whopping 73% in the last twelve months. That’d be enough to make even the strongest stomachs churn. We note that it has not been easy for shareholders over three years, either; the share price is down 47% in that time.

Check out our latest analysis for Xunlei

Xunlei isn’t a profitable company, so 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.

Xunlei grew its revenue by 15% over the last year. That’s definitely a respectable growth rate. However, it seems like the market wanted more, since the share price is down 73%. One fear might be that the company might be losing too much money and will need to raise more. It seems that the market has concerns about the future, because that share price action does not seem to reflect the revenue growth at all.

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

NasdaqGS:XNET Income Statement, April 25th 2019
NasdaqGS:XNET Income Statement, April 25th 2019

This free interactive report on Xunlei’s balance sheet strength is a great place to start, if you want to investigate the stock further.

A Different Perspective

Xunlei shareholders are down 73% for the year, but the broader market is up 10%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Shareholders have lost 19% per year over the last three years, so the share price drop has become steeper, over the last year; a potential symptom of as yet unsolved challenges. Although Warren Buffett famously said he likes to ‘buy when there is blood on the streets’, he also focusses on high quality stocks with solid prospects. You might want to assess this data-rich visualization of its earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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