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How Do Analysts See Diageo plc (LON:DGE) Performing Over The Next Few Years?

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The latest earnings update Diageo plc (LON:DGE) released in August 2019 suggested that the business gained from a small tailwind, leading to a single-digit earnings growth of 4.6%. Below is my commentary, albeit very simple and high-level, on how market analysts perceive Diageo's earnings growth outlook over the next few years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. Note that I will be looking at net income excluding extraordinary items to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.

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Market analysts' prospects for the coming year seems rather muted, with earnings expanding by a single digit 6.0%. The growth outlook in the following year seems much more positive with rates generating double digit 13% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting UK£3.8b by 2022.

LSE:DGE Past and Future Earnings, September 16th 2019

Even though it’s useful to be aware of the growth each year relative to today’s level, it may be more beneficial gauging the rate at which the business is rising or falling on average every year. The pro of this approach is that we can get a better picture of the direction of Diageo'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 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 6.4%. This means that, we can presume Diageo will grow its earnings by 6.4% every year for the next few years.

Next Steps:

For Diageo, I've compiled three essential factors you should further examine:

  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 DGE 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 DGE is currently mispriced by the market.
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