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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. Just Recorded A 32% EPS Beat: Here's What Analysts Are Forecasting Next

Simply Wall St
·4 min read

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) defied analyst predictions to release its quarterly results, which were ahead of market expectations. It was overall a positive result, with revenues beating expectations by 5.3% to hit US$2.3b. Huntington Ingalls Industries also reported a statutory profit of US$5.45, which was an impressive 32% above what the analysts had forecast. Earnings are an important time for investors, as they can track a company's performance, look at what the analysts are forecasting for next year, and see if there's been a change in sentiment towards the company. We've gathered the most recent statutory forecasts to see whether the analysts have changed their earnings models, following these results.

See our latest analysis for Huntington Ingalls Industries

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Taking into account the latest results, Huntington Ingalls Industries' ten analysts currently expect revenues in 2021 to be US$9.10b, approximately in line with the last 12 months. Statutory earnings per share are forecast to dive 25% to US$11.02 in the same period. In the lead-up to this report, the analysts had been modelling revenues of US$8.99b and earnings per share (EPS) of US$11.45 in 2021. The analysts seem to have become a little more negative on the business after the latest results, given the small dip in their earnings per share numbers for next year.

The consensus price target held steady at US$182, with the analysts seemingly voting that their lower forecast earnings are not expected to lead to a lower stock price in the foreseeable future. It could also be instructive to look at the range of analyst estimates, to evaluate how different the outlier opinions are from the mean. The most optimistic Huntington Ingalls Industries analyst has a price target of US$205 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at US$148. Analysts definitely have varying views on the business, but the spread of estimates is not wide enough in our view to suggest that extreme outcomes could await Huntington Ingalls Industries shareholders.

Looking at the bigger picture now, one of the ways we can make sense of these forecasts is to see how they measure up against both past performance and industry growth estimates. We would highlight that Huntington Ingalls Industries' revenue growth is expected to slow, with forecast 0.9% increase next year well below the historical 6.0%p.a. growth over the last five years. By way of comparison, the other companies in this industry with analyst coverage are forecast to grow their revenue at 5.6% per year. So it's pretty clear that, while revenue growth is expected to slow down, the wider industry is also expected to grow faster than Huntington Ingalls Industries.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing to take away is that the analysts downgraded their earnings per share estimates, showing that there has been a clear decline in sentiment following these results. On the plus side, there were no major changes to revenue estimates; although forecasts imply revenues will perform worse than the wider industry. There was no real change to the consensus price target, suggesting that the intrinsic value of the business has not undergone any major changes with the latest estimates.

Following on from that line of thought, we think that the long-term prospects of the business are much more relevant than next year's earnings. We have forecasts for Huntington Ingalls Industries going out to 2024, and you can see them free on our platform here.

Plus, you should also learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Huntington Ingalls Industries .

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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