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What Should Investors Know About The Future Of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited’s (ASX:CCL)?

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Based on Coca-Cola Amatil Limited’s (ASX:CCL) recently announced earnings update on 31 December 2018, analyst forecasts seem bearish, with earnings expected to decline by -9.4% in the upcoming year relative to the past 5-year average growth rate of 22%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of AU$402m, the consensus growth rate suggests that earnings will decline to AU$364m by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

Check out our latest analysis for Coca-Cola Amatil

How is Coca-Cola Amatil going to perform in the near future?

Over the next three years, it seems the consensus view of the 11 analysts covering CCL is skewed towards the 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 understand the overall trajectory of CCL’s earnings growth over these next fews years, I’ve fitted a line through these analyst earnings forecast to determine an annual growth rate from the slope.

ASX:CCL Past and Future Earnings, March 3rd 2019

This results in an annual growth rate of 1.3% based on the most recent earnings level of AU$402m to the final forecast of AU$405m by 2022. EPS reaches A$0.56 in the final year of forecast compared to the current A$0.55 EPS today. Analysts are predicting this high revenue growth to squeeze profit margins over time, from 8.4% to 7.7% by the end of 2022.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Coca-Cola Amatil, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should look at:

  1. 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.
  2. Valuation: What is Coca-Cola Amatil 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 Coca-Cola Amatil is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Coca-Cola Amatil? 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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