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MOGU (NYSE:MOGU) investors are sitting on a loss of 54% if they invested a year ago

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The nature of investing is that you win some, and you lose some. And there's no doubt that MOGU Inc. (NYSE:MOGU) stock has had a really bad year. In that relatively short period, the share price has plunged 54%. MOGU hasn't been listed for long, so although we're wary of recent listings that perform poorly, it may still prove itself with time. Shareholders have had an even rougher run lately, with the share price down 40% in the last 90 days.

So let's have a look and see if the longer term performance of the company has been in line with the underlying business' progress.

See our latest analysis for MOGU

Given that MOGU 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.

In just one year MOGU saw its revenue fall by 39%. That looks pretty grim, at a glance. In the absence of profits, it's not unreasonable that the share price fell 54%. Having said that, if growth is coming in the future, the stock may have better days ahead. We have a natural aversion to companies that are losing money and shrinking revenue. But perhaps that is being too careful.

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

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If you are thinking of buying or selling MOGU stock, you should check out this FREE detailed report on its balance sheet.

A Different Perspective

Given that the market gained 37% in the last year, MOGU shareholders might be miffed that they lost 54%. While the aim is to do better than that, it's worth recalling that even great long-term investments sometimes underperform for a year or more. With the stock down 40% over the last three months, the market doesn't seem to believe that the company has solved all its problems. Given the relatively short history of this stock, we'd remain pretty wary until we see some strong business performance. It's always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand MOGU better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for MOGU you should be aware of.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of companies that have proven they can grow earnings.

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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