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Why Netgear Inc. Stock Dropped 11.3% in September

By Steve Symington - Oct 10, 2018 at 6:44PM

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The networking hardware specialist fell along with shares of a recent spinoff. Here's what investors need to know.

What happened

Shares of Netgear (NTGR 2.09%) fell 11.3%% in September, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, in lockstep with the post-earnings decline of recent spinoff Arlo Technologies (ARLO 0.44%).

For perspective, Arlo went public after separating from Netgear in early August. But its former parent company still owns an 84.2% stake in the home security camera specialist. 

Ethernet cables plugged into rack-mounted routers

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So what

For perspective, when Arlo climbed nearly 50% from its $16-per-share IPO to just under $24 per share in late August, Netgear stock largely followed suit, given its substantial ownership stake in the company. But then Arlo tumbled back to just over $14 by the end of last month, after its first-ever report as a publicly traded company -- a likely combination of post-IPO volatility and concerns over its ability to sustain growth from its lucrative services segment -- and Netgear unsurprisingly fell along with it.

Now what

Keep in mind that Netgear won't maintain its large stake in Arlo forever. Following a mandatory 145-day lock-up period -- and just as it promised when the separation was initially announced in February -- Netgear intends to distribute its shares of Arlo to Netgear stockholders as a tax-free distribution.

Until that happens, however, it's safe to expect Netgear stock will continue to be tied to the performance of Arlo.

Steve Symington has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Netgear. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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