Small-cap tech stock Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT) had kind of an interesting day today -- and by "interesting," I mean bad.
Demonstrating its WattUp "wireless charging 2.0" technology for charging electronic devices without need for a point of contact (much less a plug) at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona today, Energous also announced a partnership with Chinese smartphone maker vivo Global to "explore integrating WattUp into smartphone designs that charge wirelessly over-the-air."
Energous stock responded by dropping more than 8%, closing the day down 8.2%.
Why might that be? After all, aren't partnerships -- and potential sales of products to a partner -- a good thing for Energous and its WattUp invention?
You'd think so, right? But I can't help but wonder if by tooting its horn in this way, Energous got investors just excited enough about its prospects to take a closer look at its business. Upon doing so, they might have noticed that Energous, valued at $261 million, has no profits (and therefore no P/E), no free cash flow , and hardly even any sales to speak of -- less than $500,000 over the last 12 months.
Energous has its work cut out for itself, convincing investors that a small-cap tech stock selling for more than 500 times sales is a good investment. Inking a partnership with a top 10 global smartphone supplier is a good first step. A better step would be "beating earnings" and giving great guidance when i t report s its Q4 results on Wednesday. That could be difficult, however. Analysts are looking for Energous to report sales of $790,000 for the quarter -- which is more revenue than the company collected in the entire four quarters preceding Q4, combined.
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