When you see that almost half of the companies in the Healthcare industry in the United States have price-to-sales ratios (or "P/S") above 1.2x, CareMax, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMAX) looks to be giving off some buy signals with its 0.6x P/S ratio. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the reduced P/S.
How Has CareMax Performed Recently?
Recent times have been advantageous for CareMax as its revenues have been rising faster than most other companies. It might be that many expect the strong revenue performance to degrade substantially, which has repressed the share price, and thus the P/S ratio. If the company manages to stay the course, then investors should be rewarded with a share price that matches its revenue figures.If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report on CareMax.
What Are Revenue Growth Metrics Telling Us About The Low P/S?
The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/S as low as CareMax's is when the company's growth is on track to lag the industry.
Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew revenue by an impressive 65% last year. The latest three year period has also seen an incredible overall rise in revenue, aided by its incredible short-term performance. So we can start by confirming that the company has done a tremendous job of growing revenue over that time.
Shifting to the future, estimates from the five analysts covering the company suggest revenue should grow by 51% per annum over the next three years. That's shaping up to be materially higher than the 8.5% each year growth forecast for the broader industry.
With this in consideration, we find it intriguing that CareMax's P/S sits behind most of its industry peers. It looks like most investors are not convinced at all that the company can achieve future growth expectations.
What We Can Learn From CareMax's P/S?
Using the price-to-sales ratio alone to determine if you should sell your stock isn't sensible, however it can be a practical guide to the company's future prospects.
A look at CareMax's revenues reveals that, despite glowing future growth forecasts, its P/S is much lower than we'd expect. When we see strong growth forecasts like this, we can only assume potential risks are what might be placing significant pressure on the P/S ratio. It appears the market could be anticipating revenue instability, because these conditions should normally provide a boost to the share price.
We don't want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 3 warning signs for CareMax that you need to be mindful of.
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