With a price-to-sales (or "P/S") ratio of 0.6x Greenlane Renewables Inc. (TSE:GRN) may be sending bullish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all the Oil and Gas companies in Canada have P/S ratios greater than 1.9x and even P/S higher than 7x are not unusual. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/S at face value as there may be an explanation why it's limited.
How Has Greenlane Renewables Performed Recently?
With revenue growth that's inferior to most other companies of late, Greenlane Renewables has been relatively sluggish. Perhaps the market is expecting the current trend of poor revenue growth to continue, which has kept the P/S suppressed. If this is the case, then existing shareholders will probably struggle to get excited about the future direction of the share price.
If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report on Greenlane Renewables.
What Are Revenue Growth Metrics Telling Us About The Low P/S?
Greenlane Renewables' P/S ratio would be typical for a company that's only expected to deliver limited growth, and importantly, perform worse than the industry.
If we review the last year of revenue growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 19%. This great performance means it was also able to deliver immense revenue growth over the last three years. Therefore, it's fair to say the revenue growth recently has been superb for the company.
Looking ahead now, revenue is anticipated to plummet, contracting by 13% during the coming year according to the eight analysts following the company. With the rest of the industry predicted to shrink by 4.4%, it's a sub-optimal result.
With this information, it's not too hard to see why Greenlane Renewables is trading at a lower P/S in comparison. Nonetheless, with revenue going quickly in reverse, it's not guaranteed that the P/S has found a floor yet. Even just maintaining these prices could be difficult to achieve as the weak outlook is already weighing down the shares heavily.
What We Can Learn From Greenlane Renewables' P/S?
It's argued the price-to-sales ratio is an inferior measure of value within certain industries, but it can be a powerful business sentiment indicator.
As expected, our analysis of Greenlane Renewables' analyst forecasts confirms that the company's even more precarious outlook against the industry is a major contributor to its low P/S. Right now shareholders are accepting the low P/S as they concede future revenue probably won't provide any pleasant surprises. However, we're still cautious about the company's ability to resist even greater pain to its business from the broader industry turmoil. For now though, it's hard to see the share price rising strongly in the near future under these circumstances.
Plus, you should also learn about these 2 warning signs we've spotted with Greenlane Renewables.
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