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Analysts Have Been Trimming Their Apyx Medical Corporation (NASDAQ:APYX) Price Target After Its Latest Report

It's been a good week for Apyx Medical Corporation (NASDAQ:APYX) shareholders, because the company has just released its latest quarterly results, and the shares gained 6.4% to US$1.50. The business exceeded expectations with revenue of US$10m coming in 7.5% ahead of forecasts. Statutory losses were US$0.22 a share, in line with what the analysts predicted. Following the result, the analysts have updated their earnings model, and it would be good to know whether they think there's been a strong change in the company's prospects, or if it's business as usual. We've gathered the most recent statutory forecasts to see whether the analysts have changed their earnings models, following these results.

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Following last week's earnings report, Apyx Medical's five analysts are forecasting 2024 revenues to be US$50.0m, approximately in line with the last 12 months. Losses are expected to increase substantially, hitting US$0.75 per share. Before this latest report, the consensus had been expecting revenues of US$49.9m and US$0.78 per share in losses. It looks like there's been a modest increase in sentiment in the recent updates, with the analysts becoming a bit more optimistic in their predictions for losses per share, even though the revenue numbers were unchanged.

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The consensus price target fell 22% to US$3.63despite the forecast for smaller losses next year. It looks like the ongoing lack of profitability is starting to weigh on valuations. There's another way to think about price targets though, and that's to look at the range of price targets put forward by analysts, because a wide range of estimates could suggest a diverse view on possible outcomes for the business. The most optimistic Apyx Medical analyst has a price target of US$8.00 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at US$2.00. 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.

Looking at the bigger picture now, one of the ways we can make sense of these forecasts is to see how they measure up against both past performance and industry growth estimates. We would highlight that revenue is expected to reverse, with a forecast 1.2% annualised decline to the end of 2024. That is a notable change from historical growth of 18% 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 8.1% annually for the foreseeable future. It's pretty clear that Apyx Medical's revenues are expected to perform substantially worse than the wider industry.

The Bottom Line

The most obvious conclusion is that the analysts made no changes to their forecasts for a loss next year. On the plus side, there were no major changes to revenue estimates; although forecasts imply they will perform worse than the wider industry. The consensus price target fell measurably, with the analysts seemingly not reassured by the latest results, leading to a lower estimate of Apyx Medical's future valuation.

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. At Simply Wall St, we have a full range of analyst estimates for Apyx Medical going out to 2026, and you can see them free on our platform here..

And what about risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Apyx Medical you should know about.

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