The latest earnings announcement Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) released in December 2018 suggested that the company experienced a strong tailwind, leading to a high double-digit earnings growth of 66%. Below, I've laid out key growth figures on how market analysts perceive Xylem's earnings growth trajectory 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.
Market analysts' consensus outlook for the coming year seems rather subdued, with earnings increasing by a single digit 6.4%. The growth outlook in the following year seems much more positive with rates generating double digit 24% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$747m by 2022.
Although it is informative knowing the growth rate year by year relative to today’s value, it may be more beneficial evaluating the rate at which the business is moving every year, on average. The pro of this approach is that it removes the impact of near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of Xylem's earnings trajectory over time, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To calculate this rate, I've appended 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 9.5%. This means, we can expect Xylem will grow its earnings by 9.5% every year for the next couple of years.
For Xylem, I've put together three relevant aspects you should further examine:
- 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.
- Valuation: What is XYL 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 XYL is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of XYL? 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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