After falling more than 23% in July, Align Technology (ALGN -1.24%) slipped another 12.4% in August, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. Investors are clearly still worried about decelerating growth at the orthodontic-device specialist.
On its second-quarter earnings call, Align Technology guided for third-quarter revenue growth of 16% to 19% compared to the year-ago quarter. That's a substantial slowdown from the 22.5% growth in the second quarter, which was a deceleration from the 25.6% year-over-year growth seen in the first quarter.
Management blamed slowdowns in China and in its young-adult category in North America for the moderating growth.
At the end of July, Align Technology announced an accelerated stock repurchase plan to buy back $200 million worth of stock over three months. At the same time, president and CEO Joe Hogan committed to personally buying $1 million worth of shares.
Clearly, neither initiative has given investors much confidence.
This decline could certainly be a buying opportunity, but keep in mind that much of the decline was due to Align Technology being priced for growth. Even after the decline, shares are only down about 15% year to date. With so many healthcare stocks to invest in, it's hard to get excited about one that might be having trouble putting its foot back on the gas.