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As Visteon Corporation (NASDAQ:VC) released its latest earnings announcement on 31 March 2019, analyst consensus outlook seem pessimistic, as a 2.4% fall in profits is expected in the upcoming year. Though compared to its 5-year track record of the average earnings growth rate of -12%, this is still an improvement. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of US$163m, the consensus growth rate suggests that earnings will decline to US$159m by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. For those keen to understand more about other aspects of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
What can we expect from Visteon in the longer term?
The longer term expectations from the 15 analysts of VC is tilted towards the positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. I've plotted out each year's earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to calculate an annual growth rate from the slope in order to understand the overall trajectory of VC's earnings growth over these next few years.
This results in an annual growth rate of 30% based on the most recent earnings level of US$163m to the final forecast of US$365m by 2022. This leads to an EPS of $10.85 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of $5.53. In 2022, VC's profit margin will have expanded from 5.5% to 8.9%.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Visteon, I've put together three key aspects you should further research:
- 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 Visteon 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 Visteon is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Visteon? 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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