What Amplitude, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMPL) 26% Share Price Gain Is Not Telling You

AMPLITUDE, INC. -1.84%

AMPLITUDE, INC.

AMPL

10.16

-1.84%

Amplitude, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPL) shareholders would be excited to see that the share price has had a great month, posting a 26% gain and recovering from prior weakness. Notwithstanding the latest gain, the annual share price return of 9.1% isn't as impressive.

Since its price has surged higher, Amplitude's price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 5.8x might make it look like a sell right now compared to the wider Software industry in the United States, where around half of the companies have P/S ratios below 4.5x 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 as high as it is.

View our latest analysis for Amplitude

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NasdaqCM:AMPL Price to Sales Ratio vs Industry December 29th 2023

What Does Amplitude's Recent Performance Look Like?

With revenue growth that's superior to most other companies of late, Amplitude has been doing relatively well. It seems the market expects this form will continue into the future, hence the elevated P/S ratio. If not, then existing shareholders might be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.

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

Do Revenue Forecasts Match The High P/S Ratio?

Amplitude's P/S ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver solid growth, and importantly, perform better than the industry.

If we review the last year of revenue growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 22%. Pleasingly, revenue has also lifted 164% in aggregate from three years ago, thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Accordingly, shareholders would have definitely welcomed those medium-term rates of revenue growth.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should generate growth of 8.2% as estimated by the ten analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the industry is forecast to expand by 15%, which is noticeably more attractive.

With this in consideration, we believe it doesn't make sense that Amplitude's P/S is outpacing its industry peers. 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. There's a good chance these shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/S falls to levels more in line with the growth outlook.

The Final Word

The large bounce in Amplitude's shares has lifted the company's P/S handsomely. Typically, we'd caution against reading too much into price-to-sales ratios when settling on investment decisions, though it can reveal plenty about what other market participants think about the company.

Despite analysts forecasting some poorer-than-industry revenue growth figures for Amplitude, this doesn't appear to be impacting the P/S in the slightest. Right now we aren't comfortable with the high P/S as the predicted future revenues aren't likely to support such positive sentiment for long. At these price levels, investors should remain cautious, particularly if things don't improve.

Having said that, be aware Amplitude is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis, you should know about.

If these risks are making you reconsider your opinion on Amplitude, explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there.

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