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Analysts Just Made An Incredible Upgrade To Their Centogene N.V. (NASDAQ:CNTG) Forecasts

Centogene N.V. (NASDAQ:CNTG) shareholders will have a reason to smile today, with the analysts making substantial upgrades to this year's forecasts. The consensus statutory numbers for both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) increased, with their view clearly much more bullish on the company's business prospects.

Following the upgrade, the current consensus from Centogene's four analysts is for revenues of €138m in 2021 which - if met - would reflect a credible 7.1% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Losses are forecast to hold steady at around €1.00. However, before this estimates update, the consensus had been expecting revenues of €78m and €1.34 per share in losses. We can see there's definitely been a change in sentiment in this update, with the analysts administering a sizeable upgrade to this year's revenue estimates, while at the same time reducing their loss estimates.

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There was no major change to the consensus price target of €16.92, perhaps suggesting that the analysts remain concerned about ongoing losses despite the improved earnings and revenue outlook. 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 Centogene analyst has a price target of €24.03 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at €15.02. There are definitely some different views on the stock, but the range of estimates is not wide enough as to imply that the situation is unforecastable, in our view.

These estimates are interesting, but it can be useful to paint some more broad strokes when seeing how forecasts compare, both to the Centogene's past performance and to peers in the same industry. We would highlight that Centogene's revenue growth is expected to slow, with the forecast 7.1% annualised growth rate until the end of 2021 being well below the historical 39% p.a. growth over the last three years. Compare this against other companies (with analyst forecasts) in the industry, which are in aggregate expected to see revenue growth of 16% annually. Factoring in the forecast slowdown in growth, it seems obvious that Centogene is also expected to grow slower than other industry participants.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing here is that analysts reduced their loss per share estimates for this year, reflecting increased optimism around Centogene's prospects. Pleasantly, analysts also upgraded their revenue estimates, and their forecasts suggest the business is expected to grow slower than the wider market. The lack of change in the price target is puzzling, but with a serious upgrade to this year's earnings expectations, it might be time to take another look at Centogene.

Analysts are definitely bullish on Centogene, but no company is perfect. Indeed, you should know that there are several potential concerns to be aware of, including dilutive stock issuance over the past year. For more information, you can click through to our platform to learn more about this and the 2 other flags we've identified .

Of course, seeing company management invest large sums of money in a stock can be just as useful as knowing whether analysts are upgrading their estimates. So you may also wish to search this free list of stocks that insiders are buying.

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