Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s (NYSE:NOVA) Path To Profitability

We feel now is a pretty good time to analyse Sunnova Energy International Inc.’s (NYSE:NOVA) business as it appears the company may be on the cusp of a considerable accomplishment. Sunnova Energy International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides residential solar and energy storage services in the United States. With the latest financial year loss of US$252m and a trailing-twelve-month loss of US$214m, the US$3.8b market-cap company alleviated its loss by moving closer towards its target of breakeven. Many investors are wondering about the rate at which Sunnova Energy International will turn a profit, with the big question being “when will the company breakeven?” In this article, we will touch on the expectations for the company’s growth and when analysts expect it to become profitable.

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According to the 11 industry analysts covering Sunnova Energy International, the consensus is that breakeven is near. They expect the company to post a final loss in 2022, before turning a profit of US$75m in 2023. The company is therefore projected to breakeven around 2 years from now. How fast will the company have to grow each year in order to reach the breakeven point by 2023? Working backwards from analyst estimates, it turns out that they expect the company to grow 62% year-on-year, on average, which is extremely buoyant. Should the business grow at a slower rate, it will become profitable at a later date than expected.

NYSE:NOVA Earnings Per Share Growth June 21st 2021

Given this is a high-level overview, we won’t go into details of Sunnova Energy International’s upcoming projects, though, take into account that by and large a high growth rate is not out of the ordinary, particularly when a company is in a period of investment.

Before we wrap up, there’s one issue worth mentioning. Sunnova Energy International currently has a debt-to-equity ratio of 155%. Typically, debt shouldn’t exceed 40% of your equity, which in this case, the company has significantly overshot. Note that a higher debt obligation increases the risk in investing in the loss-making company.

Next Steps:

There are too many aspects of Sunnova Energy International to cover in one brief article, but the key fundamentals for the company can all be found in one place – Sunnova Energy International’s company page on Simply Wall St. We’ve also put together a list of key aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is Sunnova Energy International worth today? Has the future growth potential already been factored into the price? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether Sunnova Energy International is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Sunnova Energy International’s board and the CEO’s background.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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