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What Do Analysts Think About Electrocomponents plc’s (LON:ECM) Future?

Electrocomponents plc’s (LON:ECM) most recent earnings update in March 2018 confirmed that the business gained from a strong tailwind, leading to a high double-digit earnings growth of 62%. Below, I’ve laid out key numbers on how market analysts predict Electrocomponents’s earnings growth outlook 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’ prospects for this coming year seems pessimistic, with earnings reducing by -1.4%. But in the following year, there is a complete contrast in performance, with arriving at double digit 13% compared to today’s level and continues to increase to UK£188m in 2021.

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Although it is useful to be aware of the growth year by year relative to today’s figure, it may be more insightful to gauge the rate at which the company is growing every year, on average. The advantage of this method is that we can get a bigger picture of the direction of Electrocomponents’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 appended 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 8.6%. This means, we can assume Electrocomponents will grow its earnings by 8.6% every year for the next few years.

Next Steps:

For Electrocomponents, I’ve compiled three important 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 ECM 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 ECM is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of ECM? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.