By buying an index fund, you can roughly match the market return with ease. But if you buy good businesses at attractive prices, your portfolio returns could exceed the average market return. For example, the Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXTR) share price is up 81% in the last three years, clearly besting than the market return of around 38% (not including dividends). On the other hand, the returns haven’t been quite so good recently, with shareholders up just 34%.
Because Extreme Networks 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. As you can imagine, fast revenue growth, when maintained, often leads to fast profit growth.
Extreme Networks’s revenue trended up 27% each year over three years. That’s much better than most loss-making companies. While the compound gain of 22% per year over three years is pretty good, you might argue it doesn’t fully reflect the strong revenue growth. If that’s the case, now might be the time to take a close look at Extreme Networks. If the company is trending towards profitability then it could be very interesting.
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A Different Perspective
It’s nice to see that Extreme Networks shareholders have received a total shareholder return of 34% over the last year. That’s better than the annualised return of 9.8% over half a decade, implying that the company is doing better recently. In the best case scenario, this may hint at some real business momentum, implying that now could be a great time to delve deeper. Before spending more time on Extreme Networks 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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