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What Are Analysts Saying About Severn Trent Plc's (LON:SVT) Future?

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Looking at Severn Trent Plc's (LON:SVT) earnings update in March 2019, analyst consensus outlook seem bearish, with earnings expected to decline by 7.1% in the upcoming year compared with the past 5-year average growth rate of 0.2%. Presently, with latest-twelve-month earnings at UK£315m, we should see this fall to UK£293m 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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Exciting times ahead?

Over the next three years, it seems the consensus view of the 12 analysts covering SVT is skewed towards the positive sentiment. Given that it becomes hard to forecast far into the future, broker analysts tend to project ahead roughly three years. To get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for SVT, I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to determine an annual rate of growth from the slope of this line.

LSE:SVT Past and Future Earnings, July 15th 2019

From the current net income level of UK£315m and the final forecast of UK£283m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for SVT’s earnings is 2.1%. However, if we exclude extraordinary items from net income, we see that earnings is projected to fall over time, resulting in an EPS of £1.17 in the final year of forecast compared to the current £1.33 EPS today. However, the near term margins may change heading into 2022, from the current levels of 18% to 15%.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Severn Trent, there are three fundamental factors you should further research:

  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 Severn Trent 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 Severn Trent is currently mispriced by the market.
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