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Earnings Release: Here's Why Analysts Cut Their Voyager Digital Ltd. (TSE:VOYG) Price Target To CA$19.66

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One of the biggest stories of last week was how Voyager Digital Ltd. (TSE:VOYG) shares plunged 23% in the week since its latest quarterly results, closing yesterday at CA$3.01. The results don't look great, especially considering that statutory losses grew 304% toUS$0.36 per share. Revenues of US$103m did beat expectations by 2.6%, but it looks like a bit of a cold comfort. The analysts typically update their forecasts at each earnings report, and we can judge from their estimates whether their view of the company has changed or if there are any new concerns to be aware of. So we collected the latest post-earnings statutory consensus estimates to see what could be in store for next year.

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Taking into account the latest results, the current consensus from Voyager Digital's seven analysts is for revenues of US$644.5m in 2023, which would reflect a substantial 41% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Earnings are expected to improve, with Voyager Digital forecast to report a statutory profit of US$0.39 per share. Yet prior to the latest earnings, the analysts had been anticipated revenues of US$644.5m and earnings per share (EPS) of US$0.39 in 2023. The consensus analysts don't seem to have seen anything in these results that would have changed their view on the business, given there's been no major change to their estimates.

With no major changes to earnings forecasts, the consensus price target fell 5.6% to CA$19.66, suggesting that the analysts might have previously been hoping for an earnings upgrade. 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 Voyager Digital analyst has a price target of CA$28.88 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at CA$13.82. As you can see the range of estimates is wide, with the lowest valuation coming in at less than half the most bullish estimate, suggesting there are some strongly diverging views on how analysts think this business will perform. As a result it might not be a great idea to make decisions based on the consensus price target, which is after all just an average of this wide range of estimates.

These estimates are interesting, but it can be useful to paint some more broad strokes when seeing how forecasts compare, both to the Voyager Digital's past performance and to peers in the same industry. It's pretty clear that there is an expectation that Voyager Digital's revenue growth will slow down substantially, with revenues to the end of 2023 expected to display 31% growth on an annualised basis. This is compared to a historical growth rate of 135% over the past three years. By way of comparison, the other companies in this industry with analyst coverage are forecast to grow their revenue at 18% annually. So it's pretty clear that, while Voyager Digital's revenue growth is expected to slow, it's still expected to grow faster than the industry itself.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing to take away is that there's been no major change in sentiment, with the analysts reconfirming that the business is performing in line with their previous earnings per share estimates. Happily, there were no major changes to revenue forecasts, with the business still expected to grow faster than the wider industry. Furthermore, the analysts also cut their price targets, suggesting that the latest news has led to greater pessimism about the intrinsic value of the business.

Following on from that line of thought, we think that the long-term prospects of the business are much more relevant than next year's earnings. We have forecasts for Voyager Digital going out to 2024, and you can see them free on our platform here.

And what about risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Voyager Digital you should know about.

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