Revenue soared 48% to $181.1 million. Net margins widened, affording earnings a chance to grow even faster (up 53% to $0.90 a share). Shanda's casual games took a hit, but its bread-and-butter role-playing games were more than enough to deliver spectacular growth.
Shanda's report isn't necessarily a surprise. It is the last of the major Chinese Web-gaming companies to report, and Perfect World
It's also not much of a surprise to see Shanda file to release its gaming unit as an IPO. It had alerted shareholders about the plan back in May. This seems to be the new fashion trend among companies with healthy online gaming operations in China. Shanda Games will join fellow 2009 debutantes Changyou.com and CDC Software
Despite the blazing growth spurts, though, this is still a sorely undervalued industry. Shanda, Perfect World, Changyou, NetEase, and even straggler Giant Interactive
What's keeping these share prices so low? That's just about the only truly surprising thing.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of China's growth story, but he owns no shares in any of the companies in this story. 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.