On July 21 when RealNetworks (NASDAQ:RNWK) was trading at about $8 following a Stansberry Research newsletter promotion, I urged readers to use caution and stay away from this hyped stock. I hope people listened because today's earnings report is nothing less than an unmitigated disaster that proves that my original value trap thesis is even stronger than originally anticipated.
The Q2 report not only showed an 18.2% decline in YOY revenue, but net losses that exceeded over 50% of the meager sales. This is shockingly bad, even for RealNetworks. But what is even worse is that the interim CEO Rob Glaser, who was responsible for the insane losses over the past several years, is now rewarded with a permanent CEO position. What a joke this has become as RealNetworks is set to burn another $60M in 2014 and run out of cash within 2-3 years as I originally anticipated.
My original short thesis is confirmed by this report. I am more confident than ever that RealNetwork's stock will trade down to the $4 range within 2 years. This represents a decline of 50% from where I originally initiated my coverage.
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