If you had turned your back on Shanda Interactive
The online gaming pioneer in China was solid in its fourth-quarter report last night. Revenues soared 30.5% higher to hit $60.3 million. Earnings clocked in at $0.42 per ADS, or $0.30 per ADS after we back out a gain on Shanda's sale of SINA
There was a dip, both sequential and year-over-year, in the company's casual games business, but don't break a sweat over that. Casual games make up just 15% of the company's revenues now.
It's the massive multiplayer online fantasy games that put Shanda on the map, and that's where the company continues to thrive. Hit titles like Woool and Mir 2 continue to attract gamers. Shanda won't let the gameplay get stale -- it's perpetually introducing expansion packs that help enhance the role-playing experience.
Investors are noticing the improvement. Shares of Shanda have nearly doubled since bottoming out back in April. That return finds Shanda's stock outperforming rivals NetEase
Western powerhouses are also noticing. Last year, Shanda announced that it would be working with Disney
That's fine. Let the pessimists chase those red herrings. Shanda really is back, and it's evident on the top and bottom lines.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been a fan of China's high-margin online stocks for a long time. He does own shares in Disney. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.