Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNCR) Analysts Just Trimmed Their Revenue Forecasts By 13%
The analysts covering Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNCR) 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 the analysts signalled a weaker outlook - perhaps a sign that investors should temper their expectations as well.
Following the downgrade, the consensus from 13 analysts covering Xencor is for revenues of US$108m in 2023, implying a disturbing 34% decline in sales compared to the last 12 months. Losses are supposed to balloon 204% to US$2.80 per share. Yet before this consensus update, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of US$124m and losses of US$2.67 per share in 2023. So there's been quite a change-up of views after the recent consensus updates, with the analysts making a serious cut to their revenue forecasts while also expecting losses per share to increase.
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There was no major change to the consensus price target of US$45.80, signalling that the business is performing roughly in line with expectations, despite lower earnings per share forecasts. It could also be instructive to look at the range of analyst estimates, to evaluate how different the outlier opinions are from the mean. The most optimistic Xencor analyst has a price target of US$59.00 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at US$27.00. This is a fairly broad spread of estimates, suggesting that the analysts are forecasting a wide range of possible outcomes for the business.
These estimates are interesting, but it can be useful to paint some more broad strokes when seeing how forecasts compare, both to the Xencor's past performance and to peers in the same industry. These estimates imply that sales are expected to slow, with a forecast annualised revenue decline of 34% by the end of 2023. This indicates a significant reduction from annual growth of 31% over the last five years. By contrast, our data suggests that other companies (with analyst coverage) in the same industry are forecast to see their revenue grow 14% annually for the foreseeable future. So although its revenues are forecast to shrink, this cloud does not come with a silver lining - Xencor is expected to lag the wider industry.
The Bottom Line
The most important thing to note from this downgrade is that the consensus increased its forecast losses this year, suggesting all may not be well at Xencor. Regrettably, they also downgraded their revenue estimates, and the latest forecasts imply the business will grow sales slower than the wider market. Given the stark change in sentiment, we'd understand if investors became more cautious on Xencor after today.
So things certainly aren't looking great, and you should also know that we've spotted some potential warning signs with Xencor, including recent substantial insider selling. Learn more, and discover the 2 other concerns we've identified, for free on our platform here.
Of course, seeing company management invest large sums of money in a stock can be just as useful as knowing whether analysts are downgrading their estimates. So you may also wish to search this free list of stocks that insiders are buying.
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