New Relic, Inc. (NYSE:NEWR) shareholders might understandably be very concerned that the share price has dropped 44% in the last quarter. But that shouldn't obscure the pleasing returns achieved by shareholders over the last three years. In fact, the company's share price bested the return of its market index in that time, posting a gain of 53%.
Given that New Relic didn't make a profit in the last twelve months, we'll focus on revenue growth to form a quick view of its business development. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
New Relic's revenue trended up 30% each year over three years. That's well above most pre-profit companies. The share price rise of 15% per year throughout that time is nice to see, and given the revenue growth, that gain seems somewhat justified. If that's the case, now might be the time to take a close look at New Relic. A window of opportunity may reveal itself with time, if the business can trend to profitability.
New Relic is a well known stock, with plenty of analyst coverage, suggesting some visibility into future growth. If you are thinking of buying or selling New Relic stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst consensus estimates for future profits.
A Different Perspective
The last twelve months weren't great for New Relic shares, which cost holders 42%, while the market was up about 0.8%. Of course the long term matters more than the short term, and even great stocks will sometimes have a poor year. Investors are up over three years, booking 15% per year, much better than the more recent returns. Sometimes when a good quality long term winner has a weak period, it's turns out to be an opportunity, but you really need to be sure that the quality is there. Before spending more time on New Relic it might be wise to click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling shares.
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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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