As Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT) released its earnings announcement on 31 December 2018, analysts seem cautiously bearish, with profits predicted to rise by 19% next year against the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 30%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of US$119m, we can expect this to reach US$141m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Green Dot’s earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
How will Green Dot perform in the near future?
The 12 analysts covering GDOT view its longer term outlook with a positive sentiment. Broker analysts tend to forecast up to three years ahead due to a lack of clarity around the business trajectory beyond this. To reduce the year-on-year volatility of analyst earnings forecast, I’ve inserted a line of best fit through the expected earnings figures to determine the annual growth rate from the slope of the line.
From the current net income level of US$119m and the final forecast of US$187m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for GDOT’s earnings is 15%. This leads to an EPS of $3.34 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of $2.27. In 2022, GDOT’s profit margin will have expanded from 11% to 14%.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Green Dot, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should look at:
- 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 Green Dot 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 Green Dot is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Green Dot? 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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