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What Do Analysts Think About MERCK Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien's (FRA:MRK) Earnings Trajectory?

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The most recent earnings announcement MERCK Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien's (FRA:MRK) released in December 2018 revealed that the company faced a significant headwind with earnings declining by -58%. Below, I've presented key growth figures on how market analysts perceive MERCK Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien's earnings growth trajectory over the next few years and whether the future looks brighter. 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 next year seems positive, with earnings climbing by a robust 47%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates arriving at double digit 69% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting €2.1b by 2022.

DB:MRK Past and Future Earnings, April 4th 2019

While it is helpful to understand the growth year by year relative to today’s level, it may be more valuable to analyze the rate at which the business is rising or falling on average every year. The advantage of this technique is that it removes the impact of near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of MERCK Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien'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 the forecasted earnings by market analysts. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 13%. This means that, we can anticipate MERCK Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien will grow its earnings by 13% every year for the next couple of years.

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