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Why MongoDB Stock Just Popped

By Rich Smith – May 14, 2021 at 12:44PM

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Goldman Sachs says it's cheaper than the competition -- but is MongoDB stock cheap enough?

What happened

MongoDB (MDB -1.00%) stock is rocking in morning trading on the Nasdaq, up 6.5% as of 11:55 a.m. EDT.

You can thank Goldman Sachs for that.

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So what

This morning, the megabank announced it is initiating coverage of the database platform stock with a buy rating and a $310 price target that implies there's another 19% upside on top of today's gains.

Why? As Goldman explains in a note covered on this morning, with "Atlas momentum [driving] durable growth with strong competitive positioning and developer mindshare ... MongoDB is well positioned to capitalize on growth from net new workloads and replatforming of legacy applications."

Goldman predicts that MongoDB will enjoy "durable, sustained growth over the medium-term," yet its stock price is down 42% since February, significantly underperforming the broader tech stock space, and leaving MongoDB stock "trading at a 16% discount to broader SaaS peers."

Now what

It's not entirely clear on what basis Goldman is making that comparison. MongoDB, after all, has never earned a profit -- and indeed, its losses are mounting, with last fiscal year seeing a net loss of $267 million, and no free cash flow, either.

The company sells for a 27 price-to-sales ratio. That may be cheaper than its "SaaS peers" -- but it's far from cheap.

Rich Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends MongoDB. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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