Little Excitement Around IDreamSky Technology Holdings Limited's (HKG:1119) Revenues As Shares Take 26% Pounding

Simply Wall St ·  Jan 17 17:22

To the annoyance of some shareholders, iDreamSky Technology Holdings Limited (HKG:1119) shares are down a considerable 26% in the last month, which continues a horrid run for the company. The recent drop completes a disastrous twelve months for shareholders, who are sitting on a 60% loss during that time.

After such a large drop in price, iDreamSky Technology Holdings may be sending buy signals at present with its price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 1x, considering almost half of all companies in the Entertainment industry in Hong Kong have P/S ratios greater than 1.6x and even P/S higher than 4x aren't out of the ordinary. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the reduced P/S.

View our latest analysis for iDreamSky Technology Holdings

SEHK:1119 Price to Sales Ratio vs Industry January 17th 2024

How iDreamSky Technology Holdings Has Been Performing

iDreamSky Technology Holdings could be doing better as its revenue has been going backwards lately while most other companies have been seeing positive revenue growth. Perhaps the P/S remains low as investors think the prospects of strong revenue growth aren't on the horizon. So while you could say the stock is cheap, investors will be looking for improvement before they see it as good value.

If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report on iDreamSky Technology Holdings.

Do Revenue Forecasts Match The Low P/S Ratio?

The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/S as low as iDreamSky Technology Holdings' is when the company's growth is on track to lag 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 6.7%. As a result, revenue from three years ago have also fallen 16% overall. Accordingly, shareholders would have felt downbeat about the medium-term rates of revenue growth.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should generate growth of 16% as estimated by the two analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the industry is forecast to expand by 47%, which is noticeably more attractive.

With this information, we can see why iDreamSky Technology Holdings is trading at a P/S lower than the industry. Apparently many shareholders weren't comfortable holding on while the company is potentially eyeing a less prosperous future.

What We Can Learn From iDreamSky Technology Holdings' P/S?

iDreamSky Technology Holdings' P/S has taken a dip along with its share price. We'd say the price-to-sales ratio's power isn't primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.

As we suspected, our examination of iDreamSky Technology Holdings' analyst forecasts revealed that its inferior revenue outlook is contributing to its low P/S. Right now shareholders are accepting the low P/S as they concede future revenue probably won't provide any pleasant surprises. The company will need a change of fortune to justify the P/S rising higher in the future.

It is also worth noting that we have found 1 warning sign for iDreamSky Technology Holdings that you need to take into consideration.

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