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Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A): Earnings Expected To Remain Subdued

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Since Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:A) released its earnings in April 2019, analyst consensus outlook seem bearish, with profits predicted to drop by 6.1% next year relative to the past 5-year average growth rate of 16%. Currently with a trailing-twelve-month profit of US$316m, the consensus growth rate suggests that earnings will drop to US$297m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Agilent Technologies's earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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Can we expect Agilent Technologies to keep growing?

The 14 analysts covering A view its longer term outlook with a positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To understand the overall trajectory of A's earnings growth over these next fews years, I've fitted a line through these analyst earnings forecast to determine an annual growth rate from the slope.

NYSE:A Past and Future Earnings, July 12th 2019

From the current net income level of US$316m and the final forecast of US$331m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for A’s earnings is 0.4%. EPS reaches $3.83 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $0.98 EPS today. As revenues is expected to outpace earnings, analysts expect margins to contract from the current 6.4% to 5.6% by the end of 2022.

Next Steps:

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