Introducing Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ:WIFI), The Stock That Zoomed 174% In The Last Five Years

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It hasn’t been the best quarter for Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI) shareholders, since the share price has fallen 18% in that time. But that scarcely detracts from the really solid long term returns generated by the company over five years. In fact, the share price is 174% higher today. Generally speaking the long term returns will give you a better idea of business quality than short periods can. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

Check out our latest analysis for Boingo Wireless

Because Boingo Wireless is loss-making, we think the market is probably more focussed on revenue and revenue growth, at least for now. Shareholders of unprofitable companies usually expect strong revenue growth. 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.

In the last 5 years Boingo Wireless saw its revenue grow at 18% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that’s a good result. So it’s not entirely surprising that the share price reflected this performance by increasing at a rate of 22% per year, in that time. So it seems likely that buyers have paid attention to the strong revenue growth. Boingo Wireless seems like a high growth stock – so growth investors might want to add it to their watchlist.

The graphic below shows how revenue and earnings have changed as management guided the business forward. If you want to see cashflow, you can click on the chart.

NasdaqGS:WIFI Income Statement, June 11th 2019
NasdaqGS:WIFI Income Statement, June 11th 2019

We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. It’s always worth keeping an eye on CEO pay, but a more important question is whether the company will grow earnings throughout the years. This free report showing analyst forecasts should help you form a view on Boingo Wireless

A Different Perspective

Investors in Boingo Wireless had a tough year, with a total loss of 26%, against a market gain of about 2.7%. However, keep in mind that even the best stocks will sometimes underperform the market over a twelve month period. Longer term investors wouldn’t be so upset, since they would have made 22%, each year, over five years. It could be that the recent sell-off is an opportunity, so it may be worth checking the fundamental data for signs of a long term growth trend. If you would like to research Boingo Wireless in more detail then you might want to take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in the company.

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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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