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Atlassian Corporation Plc (NASDAQ:TEAM) shareholders might be concerned after seeing the share price drop 14% in the last month. But over five years returns have been remarkably great. Indeed, the share price is up a whopping 771% in that time. So it might be that some shareholders are taking profits after good performance. Only time will tell if there is still too much optimism currently reflected in the share price.

We love happy stories like this one. The company should be really proud of that performance!

See our latest analysis for Atlassian

Because Atlassian made a loss in the last twelve months, 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. 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, Atlassian can boast revenue growth at a rate of 30% per year. Even measured against other revenue-focussed companies, that’s a good result. Arguably, this is well and truly reflected in the strong share price gain of 54%(per year) over the same period. Despite the strong run, top performers like Atlassian have been known to go on winning for decades. On the face of it, this looks lke a good opportunity, although we note sentiment seems very positive already.

You can see how earnings and revenue have changed over time in the image below (click on the chart to see the exact values).

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We’re pleased to report that the CEO is remunerated more modestly than most CEOs at similarly capitalized companies. But while CEO remuneration is always worth checking, the really important question is whether the company can grow earnings going forward. If you are thinking of buying or selling Atlassian stock, you should check out this free report showing analyst profit forecasts.

A Different Perspective

Atlassian shareholders are up 49% for the year. But that return falls short of the market. If we look back over five years, the returns are even better, coming in at 54% per year for five years. Maybe the share price is just taking a breather while the business executes on its growth strategy. It’s always interesting to track share price performance over the longer term. But to understand Atlassian better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Atlassian that you should be aware of.

We will like Atlassian better if we see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

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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