PLAYSTUDIOS, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MYPS) Shares Climb 28% But Its Business Is Yet to Catch Up

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 08, 2022
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The PLAYSTUDIOS, Inc. (NASDAQ:MYPS) share price has done very well over the last month, posting an excellent gain of 28%. Still, the 30-day jump doesn't change the fact that longer term shareholders have seen their stock decimated by the 50% share price drop in the last twelve months.

After such a large jump in price, given close to half the companies in the United States have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 16x, you may consider PLAYSTUDIOS as a stock to avoid entirely with its 58.5x P/E ratio. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

While the market has experienced earnings growth lately, PLAYSTUDIOS' earnings have gone into reverse gear, which is not great. It might be that many expect the dour earnings performance to recover substantially, which has kept the P/E from collapsing. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

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NasdaqGM:MYPS Price Based on Past Earnings April 8th 2022
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What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The High P/E?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, PLAYSTUDIOS would need to produce outstanding growth well in excess of the market.

If we review the last year of earnings, dishearteningly the company's profits fell to the tune of 30%. However, a few very strong years before that means that it was still able to grow EPS by an impressive 479% in total over the last three years. So we can start by confirming that the company has generally done a very good job of growing earnings over that time, even though it had some hiccups along the way.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should bring diminished returns, with earnings decreasing 116% as estimated by the five analysts watching the company. With the market predicted to deliver 8.6% growth , that's a disappointing outcome.

With this information, we find it concerning that PLAYSTUDIOS is trading at a P/E higher than the market. It seems most investors are hoping for a turnaround in the company's business prospects, but the analyst cohort is not so confident this will happen. Only the boldest would assume these prices are sustainable as these declining earnings are likely to weigh heavily on the share price eventually.

What We Can Learn From PLAYSTUDIOS' P/E?

PLAYSTUDIOS' P/E is flying high just like its stock has during the last month. We'd say the price-to-earnings ratio's power isn't primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.

Our examination of PLAYSTUDIOS' analyst forecasts revealed that its outlook for shrinking earnings isn't impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted. When we see a poor outlook with earnings heading backwards, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the high P/E lower. Unless these conditions improve markedly, it's very challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.

You always need to take note of risks, for example - PLAYSTUDIOS has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking at a few good candidates. So take a peek at this free list of companies with a strong growth track record, trading on a P/E below 20x.

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