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What Are Analysts Saying About The Future Of Hexcel Corporation's (NYSE:HXL)?

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Looking at Hexcel Corporation's (NYSE:HXL) earnings update in December 2018, analyst consensus outlook appear conservative, with earnings growth rate expected to be 8.4% next year, which is within range of the past five-year average earnings growth of 8.3%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of US$277m, we can expect this to reach US$300m by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. Investors wanting to learn more about other aspects of the company should research its fundamentals here.

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How will Hexcel perform in the near future?

The longer term expectations from the 13 analysts of HXL is tilted towards the positive sentiment. Broker analysts tend to forecast up to three years ahead due to a lack of clarity around the business trajectory beyond this. I've plotted out each year's earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to calculate an annual growth rate from the slope in order to understand the overall trajectory of HXL's earnings growth over these next few years.

NYSE:HXL Past and Future Earnings, April 5th 2019

By 2022, HXL's earnings should reach US$346m, from current levels of US$277m, resulting in an annual growth rate of 7.8%. EPS reaches $4.01 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $3.15 EPS today. In 2022, HXL's profit margin will have expanded from 13% to 13%.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Hexcel, there are three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Valuation: What is Hexcel worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether Hexcel is currently mispriced by the market.
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