Amplitude Stock Falls 50%. It’s a Buying Opportunity, One Analyst Says.

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Amplitude guidance for full-year and first-quarter revenue was lower than consensus.

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stock is cratering Thursday, triggered by disappointing full-year guidance. It represents a buying opportunity, according to at least one analyst.

Shares of Amplitude (ticker: AMPL) were down 51.1%, at $ 20.34, in recent trading. The behavioral analytics company, which reported fourth-quarter earnings late Wednesday, said it expects 2022 revenue to grow between 35% and 40%. That’s below consensus at 43% growth, said William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri. He maintained his Outperform rating despite the outlook, as he sees potential for stronger growth over the long term.

“While the guidance is disappointing, we think the aftermarket selloff is an overreaction,” because Amplitude “has strong underlying growth drivers, is a leader in a new and emerging category, and now has multiple products it can monetize,” Suri wrote in a Wednesday note. “We are buyers on the pullback once the dust settles.”

For the fourth quarter, which ended in December, the software-as-a-service company reported five cents a share in losses on sales of $49.4 million, beating analysts expectation of eight cents a share in losses on $47 million in revenue. But the company said it expects revenue to be between $50 million and $51 million in the first quarter of 2022, which was about $1 million below consensus, according to Suri.

Amplitude reported revenue of $167.3 million for fiscal 2021, which was up 63% year over year. Its clients include

Ford Motor

(F).

Suri sees future upside as the company’s audience-management products mature and adoption reaches critical mass. “We don’t believe the new products are layering in materially to the results at this point,” he wrote….

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