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Palred Technologies Limited (NSE:PALREDTEC) Stock's 26% Dive Might Signal An Opportunity But It Requires Some Scrutiny

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Palred Technologies Limited (NSE:PALREDTEC) shareholders won't be pleased to see that the share price has had a very rough month, dropping 26% and undoing the prior period's positive performance. The last month has meant the stock is now only up 7.1% during the last year.

Following the heavy fall in price, Palred Technologies' price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 1.5x might make it look like a strong buy right now compared to the wider IT industry in India, where around half of the companies have P/S ratios above 4.3x and even P/S above 9x are quite common. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/S.

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NSEI:PALREDTEC Price to Sales Ratio vs Industry March 9th 2024

How Palred Technologies Has Been Performing

For instance, Palred Technologies' receding revenue in recent times would have to be some food for thought. It might be that many expect the disappointing revenue performance to continue or accelerate, which has repressed the P/S. If you like the company, you'd be hoping this isn't the case so that you could potentially pick up some stock while it's out of favour.

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How Is Palred Technologies' Revenue Growth Trending?

Palred Technologies' P/S ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver very poor growth or even falling revenue, and importantly, perform much worse than the industry.

Taking a look back first, the company's revenue growth last year wasn't something to get excited about as it posted a disappointing decline of 11%. That put a dampener on the good run it was having over the longer-term as its three-year revenue growth is still a noteworthy 23% in total. Although it's been a bumpy ride, it's still fair to say the revenue growth recently has been mostly respectable for the company.

Comparing that to the industry, which is predicted to deliver 7.9% growth in the next 12 months, the company's momentum is pretty similar based on recent medium-term annualised revenue results.

In light of this, it's peculiar that Palred Technologies' P/S sits below the majority of other companies. It may be that most investors are not convinced the company can maintain recent growth rates.

The Key Takeaway

Having almost fallen off a cliff, Palred Technologies' share price has pulled its P/S way down as well. Generally, our preference is to limit the use of the price-to-sales ratio to establishing what the market thinks about the overall health of a company.

The fact that Palred Technologies currently trades at a low P/S relative to the industry is unexpected considering its recent three-year growth is in line with the wider industry forecast. There could be some unobserved threats to revenue preventing the P/S ratio from matching the company's performance. revenue trends suggest that the risk of a price decline is low, investors appear to perceive a possibility of revenue volatility in the future.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we've spotted 2 warning signs for Palred Technologies you should be aware of, and 1 of them doesn't sit too well with us.

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