When we wrote about MongoDB on September 16th, 2021, the stock had just exceeded the $500 mark. The share price was up fifteen-fold since the company’s 2017 IPO at $33. Such phenomenal gains can make life very difficult for the skeptics, which is the reason there weren’t many. Fortunately, we’ve never had a problem being part of the minority.
There were two reasons for our pessimism regarding MDB stock. The title of our article – “Bearish Pattern Joins Nosebleed Valuation” – made both of them clear. With no profits, estimated 2022 sales of $1B and a $32B market cap, MongoDB was a money-losing company trading at 32 times forward sales. In our opinion, this meant the stock was in a massive bubble.
Stocks can stay in bubble territory for a long time, though. Company valuation alone has little predictive value. What we relied on instead was our application of the Elliott Wave principle on MongoDB ‘s daily chart. Take a look at it below.
The chart revealed an almost complete five-wave impulse in MDB stock. The pattern was labeled (1)-(2)-(3)-(4)-(5), where the five sub-waves of (1) and (3) were also visible. In addition, there was a flat correction in wave (2) and a simple zigzag in wave (4), both marked a-b-c. This informed us that the fifth and final wave was in progress. According to the theory, a major correction was supposed to occur as soon as it was over.
MongoDB Stock Remains a Risky Gamble Even After Its 54% Crash
Given than wave (5) still didn’t look complete, we thought it can approach the $600 mark before the bears return. The negative phase of the cycle was then likely to erase most, if not all, of wave (5). So, we concluded that “a 50%+ plunge is just around the corner.” Six months later now, here is an updated daily chart of MongoDB stock.
Waves 4 and 5 completed the impulsive sequence in wave (5) and thus the entire post-2017 uptrend. The bulls managed to lift the price to $590 a share in mid-November, but not a cent further. For the past five months, it was the bears calling the shots. On March 8th, 2022, MDB fell as low as $272.50, down 53.8% from its record in less than five months.
Last week, the market closed with MongoDB at $316.50. Unfortunately for the bulls, we still don’t think this is a low enough price. The company is expected to be only barely profitable two years from now. Analysts’ estimates hover around $1.5B in revenue for the fiscal 2024. This gives us a forward price-to-sales ratio higher than 14 for a business that has yet to prove its money-making abilities. This makes MDB more of a gamble than an investment. And the odds don’t seem to be in the bulls’ favor.
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