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Vasta Platform Limited (NASDAQ:VSTA) On The Verge Of Breaking Even

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With the business potentially at an important milestone, we thought we'd take a closer look at Vasta Platform Limited's (NASDAQ:VSTA) future prospects. Vasta Platform Limited, an education company, provides educational and digital solutions to private schools operating in the K-12 educational sector in Brazil. The company’s loss has recently broadened since it announced a R$46m loss in the full financial year, compared to the latest trailing-twelve-month loss of R$86m, moving it further away from breakeven. Many investors are wondering about the rate at which Vasta Platform will turn a profit, with the big question being “when will the company breakeven?” We've put together a brief outline of industry analyst expectations for the company, its year of breakeven and its implied growth rate.

View our latest analysis for Vasta Platform

According to the 6 industry analysts covering Vasta Platform, the consensus is that breakeven is near. They anticipate the company to incur a final loss in 2020, before generating positive profits of R$19m in 2021. The company is therefore projected to breakeven around 12 months from now or less. We calculated the rate at which the company must grow to meet the consensus forecasts predicting breakeven within 12 months. It turns out an average annual growth rate of 98% is expected, which is rather optimistic! If this rate turns out to be too aggressive, the company may become profitable much later than analysts predict.

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We're not going to go through company-specific developments for Vasta Platform given that this is a high-level summary, but, keep in mind that generally a high growth rate is not out of the ordinary, particularly when a company is in a period of investment.

Before we wrap up, there’s one aspect worth mentioning. The company has managed its capital judiciously, with debt making up 13% of equity. This means that it has predominantly funded its operations from equity capital, and its low debt obligation reduces the risk around investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

This article is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis on Vasta Platform, so if you are interested in understanding the company at a deeper level, take a look at Vasta Platform's company page on Simply Wall St. We've also compiled a list of key aspects you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is Vasta Platform worth today? Has the future growth potential already been factored into the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether Vasta Platform is currently mispriced by the market.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Vasta Platform’s board and the CEO’s background.

  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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