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What Are Analysts Saying About Patterson Companies, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:PDCO) Future?

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After Patterson Companies, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:PDCO) earnings announcement on 26 January 2019, analysts seem fairly confident, as a 48% increase in profits is expected in the upcoming year, against the past 5-year average growth rate of -3.8%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of US$201m, we should see this rise to US$297m in 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Patterson Companies’s earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. Readers that are interested in understanding the company beyond these figures should research its fundamentals here.

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What can we expect from Patterson Companies in the longer term?

The view from 15 analysts over the next three years is one of positive sentiment. Generally, broker analysts tend to make predictions for up to three years given the lack of visibility beyond this point. To reduce the year-on-year volatility of analyst earnings forecast, I’ve inserted a line of best fit through the expected earnings figures to determine the annual growth rate from the slope of the line.

NasdaqGS:PDCO Past and Future Earnings, March 18th 2019

By 2022, PDCO’s earnings should reach US$351m, from current levels of US$201m, resulting in an annual growth rate of 17%. However, if we exclude extraordinary items from net income, we see that earnings is projected to fall over time, resulting in an EPS of $1.47 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $2.17 EPS today. With a current profit margin of 3.7%, this movement will result in a margin of 5.8% by 2022.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Patterson Companies, I’ve compiled three key 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 Patterson Companies 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 Patterson Companies is currently mispriced by the market.
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