Based on InterContinental Hotels Group PLC's (LON:IHG) earnings update in December 2018, analyst consensus outlook appear cautiously optimistic, with earnings expected to grow by 44% in the upcoming year against the past 5-year average growth rate of 2.7%. Presently, with latest-twelve-month earnings at US$351m, we should see this growing to US$505m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around InterContinental Hotels Group'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.
What can we expect from InterContinental Hotels Group in the longer term?
The view from 18 analysts over the next three years is one of 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 get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for IHG, I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to determine an annual rate of growth from the slope of this line.
By 2022, IHG's earnings should reach US$664m, from current levels of US$351m, resulting in an annual growth rate of 15%. This leads to an EPS of $3.63 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of $1.94. In 2022, IHG's profit margin will have expanded from 11% to 29%.
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