San Mateo, Calif.-based Roblox (RBLX) is a popular video game platform that is considered a play on the emerging metaverse, a next-generation version of the internet. Is Roblox stock a buy in the current stock market rally?
On Wednesday, Roblox shares crashed as much as 23% after the videogame company reported earnings below analysts’ expectations. Roblox lost 46 cents per share on bookings of $781 million.
For the June-ended quarter, Roblox notched $781 million in net bookings and $38 million in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting $785 million and $46 million, respectively.
RBLX Stock IPO
The Roblox stock initial public offering (IPO) via direct listing occurred on March 10, 2021 with a suggested price of 45 per share. With a direct listing, no new shares in the company are created and sold. Nor did the Roblox IPO raise any capital. Instead, current investors begin selling already existing shares based on demand when trading opens.
On March 10, 2021, Roblox stock closed at 69.50, more than 54% above the 45 IPO price. A huge price percentage increase on the IPO day indicates strong institutional backing.
The company’s eponymous “Roblox” game was one of the top five biggest mobile games of 2022 in the world in terms of revenue, according to Finbold. The Roblox mobile game showed player spending of $861.86 million in 2022.
What makes Roblox different from other online game platforms is that it lets users create their own games. Developers receive 30% of the proceeds generated from a game, such as the sale of virtual outfits and avatars.
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Roblox Stock Is A Metaverse Investing Play
What is the metaverse? The metaverse is considered a next-generation version of the internet. Technologists describe the metaverse as a persistent, shared, 3D virtual environment. There, people meet for activities ranging from playing games to conducting business. It incorporates such technologies as virtual reality and augmented reality.
Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META), describes the metaverse as “an embodied internet that you’re inside of rather than just looking at.”
“The metaverse is bigger than gaming,” said Christina Wootton, Roblox vice president of brand partnerships. “We’re ushering in this new category of human co-experience. It’s an immersive place where people can come and connect with one another and have shared virtual experiences. They can do things together, such as work, learn, play, shop and experience entertainment.”
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RBLX Stock Price And Technical Analysis
In May 2022, Roblox stock bottomed out at 21.65. Amid a volatile rally in the stock price, shares had been forming a cup with handle with a 46.25 buy point, according to IBD MarketSmith chart analysis.
But amid Wednesday’s collapse, that buy point is no longer valid, so investors will have to wait for a entry.
According to the IBD Stock Checkup, RBLX stock has a weak 32 out of a perfect 99 IBD Composite Rating. The Composite Rating — an easy way to identify top growth stocks — is a blend of key fundamental and technical metrics to help investors gauge a stock’s strengths.