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What Are Analysts Saying About Zurich Insurance Group AG's (VTX:ZURN) Future?

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Zurich Insurance Group AG's (VTX:ZURN) most recent earnings update in February 2019 suggested that the company experienced a strong tailwind, leading to a double-digit earnings growth of 24%. Investors may find it useful to understand how market analysts perceive Zurich Insurance Group's earnings growth outlook over the next couple of years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. I will be looking at earnings excluding extraordinary items to exclude one-off activities to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.

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Market analysts' prospects for next year seems rather subdued, with earnings increasing by a single digit 8.7%. The growth outlook in the following year seems much more buoyant with rates arriving at double digit 19% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$4.7b by 2022.

SWX:ZURN Past and Future Earnings, July 16th 2019

Even though it’s helpful to understand the growth year by year relative to today’s value, it may be more insightful to determine the rate at which the earnings are growing every year, on average. The benefit of this method is that we can get a better picture of the direction of Zurich Insurance Group's earnings trajectory over the long run, irrespective of near term fluctuations, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To compute this rate, I've inserted a line of best fit through the forecasted earnings by market analysts. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 5.8%. This means that, we can presume Zurich Insurance Group will grow its earnings by 5.8% every year for the next couple of years.

Next Steps:

For Zurich Insurance Group, there are three pertinent aspects 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 ZURN 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 ZURN is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of ZURN? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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