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What Do Analysts Think About The Future Of Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.'s (NYSE:MAA)?

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After Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.'s (NYSE:MAA) earnings announcement in December 2018, the consensus outlook from analysts appear somewhat bearish, with profits predicted to rise by 6.6% next year against the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 20%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of US$219m, we can expect this to reach US$233m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Mid-America Apartment Communities's earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. Readers that are interested in understanding the company beyond these figures should research its fundamentals here.

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How will Mid-America Apartment Communities perform in the near future?

The 12 analysts covering MAA view its longer term outlook with a positive sentiment. Generally, broker analysts tend to make predictions for up to three years given the lack of visibility beyond this point. To understand the overall trajectory of MAA's earnings growth over these next fews years, I've fitted a line through these analyst earnings forecast to determine an annual growth rate from the slope.

NYSE:MAA Past and Future Earnings, March 27th 2019

By 2022, MAA's earnings should reach US$262m, from current levels of US$219m, resulting in an annual growth rate of 5.9%. EPS reaches $2.58 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $1.93 EPS today. In 2022, MAA's profit margin will have expanded from 14% to 15%.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Mid-America Apartment Communities, there are three fundamental factors you should look at:

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