Time To Worry? Analysts Just Downgraded Their Cepton, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPTN) Outlook

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The analysts covering Cepton, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPTN) delivered a dose of negativity to shareholders today, by making a substantial revision to their statutory forecasts for this year. Revenue estimates were cut sharply as analysts signalled a weaker outlook - perhaps a sign that investors should temper their expectations as well. Surprisingly the share price has been buoyant, rising 18% to US$3.22 in the past 7 days. Whether the downgrade will have a negative impact on demand for shares is yet to be seen.

Following the downgrade, the most recent consensus for Cepton from its four analysts is for revenues of US$19m in 2024 which, if met, would be a substantial 45% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Losses are expected to be contained, narrowing 18% per share from last year to US$2.50 per share. Yet prior to the latest estimates, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of US$34m and losses of US$2.29 per share in 2024. Ergo, there's been a clear change in sentiment, with the analysts administering a notable cut to this year's revenue estimates, while at the same time increasing their loss per share forecasts.

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NasdaqCM:CPTN Earnings and Revenue Growth April 3rd 2024

Taking a look at the bigger picture now, one of the ways we can understand these forecasts is to see how they compare to both past performance and industry growth estimates. The period to the end of 2024 brings more of the same, according to the analysts, with revenue forecast to display 45% growth on an annualised basis. That is in line with its 51% annual growth over the past three years. Compare this with the broader industry, which analyst estimates (in aggregate) suggest will see revenues grow 5.4% annually. So although Cepton is expected to maintain its revenue growth rate, it's definitely expected to grow faster than the wider industry.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing to take away is that analysts increased their loss per share estimates for this year. Unfortunately, analysts also downgraded their revenue estimates, although our data indicates revenues are expected to perform better than the wider market. Given the stark change in sentiment, we'd understand if investors became more cautious on Cepton after today.

With that said, the long-term trajectory of the company's earnings is a lot more important than next year. We have estimates - from multiple Cepton analysts - going out to 2026, and you can see them free on our platform here.

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