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Why Gogo Stock Gained 11% in February

By Demitri Kalogeropoulos – Updated Apr 9, 2019 at 4:41PM

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Investors cheered Gogo's progress toward profitability in the fourth quarter.

What happened

In-flight broadband provider Gogo (GOGO -4.25%) outpaced the market last month by rising 11% compared to a 3% spike in the S&P 500, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

The rally added to big gains for shareholders so far this year, but Gogo remains in deeply negative territory over longer time frames, down about 50% over the past 52 weeks.

Click here for the latest earnings call transcript for Gogo.

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So what

Gogo announced earnings results late last month that had investors feeling a bit more optimistic about the business. Sales rose 16% year over year as the company signed up more customers across its commercial and business aviation divisions. Plummeting costs also helped Gogo significantly outpace management's fourth-quarter targets.

Now what

New CEO Oakleigh Thorne called 2018 a "transition year" for the business that included progress in boosting service quality and marching closer to net profitability. Gogo's biggest win, though, was finding a solution for engineering problems that had resulted in poor system availability on many flights.

With that issue behind it, management can now turn its focus toward investing in the business while reducing costs. Hitting the right balance there should allow cash outflow to moderate in 2019. Gogo is still in a difficult financial position, with cash burn reaching $214 million last year and projected to be more than $100 million in 2019. Thus, investors might want to wait for more signs of progress before diving into this stock.

Demitrios Kalogeropoulos has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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