Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:MARA) Share Price Is Still Matching Investor Opinion Despite 27% Slump

Marathon Digital -3.63%

Marathon Digital

MARA

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-3.63%

Marathon Digital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MARA) shareholders won't be pleased to see that the share price has had a very rough month, dropping 27% and undoing the prior period's positive performance. Of course, over the longer-term many would still wish they owned shares as the stock's price has soared 132% in the last twelve months.

Even after such a large drop in price, Marathon Digital Holdings' price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 13.6x might still make it look like a strong sell right now compared to other companies in the Software industry in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/S ratios below 4.3x and even P/S below 1.8x are quite common. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/S at face value as there may be an explanation why it's so lofty.

View our latest analysis for Marathon Digital Holdings

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NasdaqCM:MARA Price to Sales Ratio vs Industry April 3rd 2024

What Does Marathon Digital Holdings' P/S Mean For Shareholders?

With revenue growth that's superior to most other companies of late, Marathon Digital Holdings has been doing relatively well. It seems that many are expecting the strong revenue performance to persist, which has raised the P/S. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

Want the full picture on analyst estimates for the company? Then our free report on Marathon Digital Holdings will help you uncover what's on the horizon.

Do Revenue Forecasts Match The High P/S Ratio?

The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/S as steep as Marathon Digital Holdings' is when the company's growth is on track to outshine the industry decidedly.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 229% gain to the company's top line. Spectacularly, three year revenue growth has ballooned by several orders of magnitude, thanks in part to the last 12 months of revenue growth. Therefore, it's fair to say the revenue growth recently has been superb for the company.

Turning to the outlook, the next three years should generate growth of 35% each year as estimated by the seven analysts watching the company. With the industry only predicted to deliver 15% per year, the company is positioned for a stronger revenue result.

With this in mind, it's not hard to understand why Marathon Digital Holdings' P/S is high relative to its industry peers. Apparently shareholders aren't keen to offload something that is potentially eyeing a more prosperous future.

What Does Marathon Digital Holdings' P/S Mean For Investors?

Even after such a strong price drop, Marathon Digital Holdings' P/S still exceeds the industry median significantly. 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.

We've established that Marathon Digital Holdings maintains its high P/S on the strength of its forecasted revenue growth being higher than the the rest of the Software industry, as expected. Right now shareholders are comfortable with the P/S as they are quite confident future revenues aren't under threat. Unless the analysts have really missed the mark, these strong revenue forecasts should keep the share price buoyant.

We don't want to rain on the parade too much, but we did also find 4 warning signs for Marathon Digital Holdings that you need to be mindful of.

If companies with solid past earnings growth is up your alley, you may wish to see this free collection of other companies with strong earnings growth and low P/E ratios.

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