There are signs that the stock market is already trading as if a bottom is in, according to Goldman Sachs.
“Specifically, we note that currently unprofitable stocks (on a Net Income basis) where GS analyst estimates imply an inflection either this year or next have generated a 14% absolute return and have outperformed the S&P (SP500) (NYSEARCA:SPY) (IVV) (VOO) (SPXU) (UPRO) by 8 percentage points (on a median basis),” James Covello, co-head of single stock research, wrote in a note.
“Similarly, stocks with upcoming Free Cash Flow inflections have generated a similar 14% absolute return and have outperformed the S&P by 7 percentage points (on a median basis),” Covello said.
“For those investors who believe we are at or approaching a sustainable market rally, we highlight stocks with upcoming profitability inflections where GS analysts have a bullish view (i.e. Buy ratings and at least 5% upside to Price Target),” he added.
We “provide a brief investment case for 7 stocks with upcoming inflections, and note that their shares have lagged the S&P 500 by at least 10% since the start of 2022, and offer at least 20% upside to price target.”
The stocks are:
- ANGI Homeservices (ANGI) – “We are encouraged by the progress on initiatives supporting forward profitability for ANGI and the focus on smaller but more repeatable Services while framing 2023 as a year of investment in marketing and cost discipline in areas such as corporate overhead and product development, and expect FCF as well as net income to inflect positively in 2024E.”
- CrowdStrike (CRWD) – “Over the medium-term, we expect stable growth in endpoint (80%+ of ARR) and outsized growth in cloud for the company with its competitive technology (core competencies in data collection and monitoring), supported by its strong FCF generation, and we model a positive GAAP net income inflection in CY2024E.”
- Flywire (FLYW) – “Despite the tough macro backdrop, we remain constructive given its defensive vertical exposure (e.g. education) and its software-based go-to-market, which we expect will help the company meeting its 30% topline growth target and deliver on margin expansion.”
- IHS Holding (IHS) – “The company’s Project Green is expected to drive significant cost savings (by reducing diesel exposure across its African sites) and an attractive return on investment (management expects a 30% IRR).”
- Monday.com (MNDY) – “While we acknowledge the surfacing of softer spending trends (tickdown in NRR for customers >$50K in ARR during 4Q) we see the company driving a healthy balance between growth (given large underappreciated TAM), and profitability.”
- Wolfspeed (WOLF) – “Given the focus on adoption of SiC power semiconductor technology in the EV ecosystem, we believe WOLF’s long term ability to achieve >50% gross margins remains intact and will drive a strong inflection in earnings growth with net income turning positive in FY2024E.”
- Xometry (XMTR) – The company dynamic “will produce a runway for growth and margin expansion in the coming years, with FCF and Net Income turning positive in 2024E.”
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