What You Need To Know About The Waterdrop Inc. (NYSE:WDH) Analyst Downgrade Today

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 14, 2022
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Today is shaping up negative for Waterdrop Inc. (NYSE:WDH) shareholders, with the analysts delivering a substantial negative revision to next year's forecasts. This report focused on revenue estimates, and it looks as though the consensus view of the business has become substantially more conservative.

Following the downgrade, the latest consensus from Waterdrop's five analysts is for revenues of CN¥4.7b in 2022, which would reflect a sizeable 38% improvement in sales compared to the last 12 months. Prior to the latest estimates, the analysts were forecasting revenues of CN¥5.5b in 2022. It looks like forecasts have become a fair bit less optimistic on Waterdrop, given the substantial drop in revenue estimates.

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NYSE:WDH Earnings and Revenue Growth January 14th 2022

The consensus price target fell 24% to CN¥30.47, with the analysts clearly less optimistic about Waterdrop's valuation following this update. That's not the only conclusion we can draw from this data however, as some investors also like to consider the spread in estimates when evaluating analyst price targets. Currently, the most bullish analyst values Waterdrop at CN¥8.79 per share, while the most bearish prices it at CN¥1.76. With such a narrow range of valuations, analysts apparently share similar views on what they think the business is worth.

Looking at the bigger picture now, one of the ways we can make sense of these forecasts is to see how they measure up against both past performance and industry growth estimates. It's pretty clear that there is an expectation that Waterdrop's revenue growth will slow down substantially, with revenues to the end of 2022 expected to display 30% growth on an annualised basis. This is compared to a historical growth rate of 50% over the past three years. By way of comparison, the other companies in this industry with analyst coverage are forecast to grow their revenue at 3.9% annually. Even after the forecast slowdown in growth, it seems obvious that Waterdrop is also expected to grow faster than the wider industry.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing to take away is that analysts cut their revenue estimates for next year. They're also forecasting more rapid revenue growth than the wider market. Furthermore, there was a cut to the price target, suggesting that the latest news has led to more pessimism about the intrinsic value of the business. Given the stark change in sentiment, we'd understand if investors became more cautious on Waterdrop after today.

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