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Investors might be losing patience for Palo Alto Networks' (NASDAQ:PANW) increasing losses, as stock sheds 4.0% over the past week

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PANW) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 18% in the last quarter. But in stark contrast, the returns over the last half decade have impressed. We think most investors would be happy with the 243% return, over that period. Generally speaking the long term returns will give you a better idea of business quality than short periods can. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it's cheap now.

While the stock has fallen 4.0% this week, it's worth focusing on the longer term and seeing if the stocks historical returns have been driven by the underlying fundamentals.

View our latest analysis for Palo Alto Networks

Given that Palo Alto Networks 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. Generally speaking, companies without profits are expected to grow revenue every year, and at a good clip. 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.

For the last half decade, Palo Alto Networks can boast revenue growth at a rate of 21% 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 28% per year, in that time. So it seems likely that buyers have paid attention to the strong revenue growth. Palo Alto Networks seems like a high growth stock - so growth investors might want to add it to their watchlist.

The company's revenue and earnings (over time) are depicted in the image below (click to see the exact numbers).

NasdaqGS:PANW Earnings and Revenue Growth June 20th 2022

Palo Alto Networks is well known by investors, and plenty of clever analysts have tried to predict the future profit levels. So it makes a lot of sense to check out what analysts think Palo Alto Networks will earn in the future (free analyst consensus estimates)

A Different Perspective

It's good to see that Palo Alto Networks has rewarded shareholders with a total shareholder return of 28% in the last twelve months. However, that falls short of the 28% TSR per annum it has made for shareholders, each year, over five years. While it is well worth considering the different impacts that market conditions can have on the share price, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Palo Alto Networks you should know about.

If you like to buy stocks alongside management, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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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