By Senad Karaahmetovic
Atlantic Equities analyst John Heagerty downgraded Robinhood Markets (NASDAQ 🙂 to Underweight from Neutral as he is “increasingly concerned about the deteriorating revenue trends” facing the company.
Heagerty’s move comes as Robinhood faces a rapid decline in monthly active users (MAUs), as well as falling average revenue per user (ARPU).
“With customers returning to pre-pandemic behavioral trends and a potential recession ahead, user engagement seems likely to decline further. In addition, the decline in equity markets is typically a prelude to lower retail trading volumes and the regulatory threat to PFOF revenues is substantial. Lastly, plummeting crypto valuations will have a direct impact on both volumes and order value, ”Heagerty told clients in a note.
These concerns have prompted the analyst to cut revenues by 10% in 2022 and by 25% in 2023 with the company unlikely to become profitable before 2025.
“The extended duration to achieving EBITDA profitability substantially lowers our DCF-based valuation. In addition, our revenue-based and NTA-based valuations are considerably lower than previously with downside risk to our revenue forecasts, ”he added.
The price target goes to $ 5.00, signaling around 30% downside from current market levels.
Robinhood shares are down nearly 3% in pre-market Wednesday.