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What Are Analysts Saying About PetroChina Company Limited's (HKG:857) Earnings Outlook?

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In December 2018, PetroChina Company Limited (HKG:857) announced its latest earnings update, which signalled that the company experienced a substantial tailwind, more than doubling its earnings from the prior year. Below, I've laid out key growth figures on how market analysts view PetroChina's earnings growth trajectory over the next few years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. I will be using net income excluding extraordinary items in order to exclude one-off volatility which I am not interested in.

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Market analysts' consensus outlook for the coming year seems buoyant, with earnings increasing by a robust 19%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates arriving at double digit 24% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting CN¥75b by 2022.

SEHK:857 Past and Future Earnings, April 2nd 2019

Although it’s informative understanding the growth each year relative to today’s figure, it may be more insightful to analyze the rate at which the earnings are growing every year, on average. The benefit of this approach is that it ignores near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of PetroChina's earnings trajectory over time, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To calculate this rate, I put a line of best fit through analyst consensus of forecasted earnings. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 10%. This means that, we can presume PetroChina will grow its earnings by 10% every year for the next few years.

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