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What Should Investors Know About Mapletree Industrial Trust's (SGX:ME8U) Future?

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On 31 March 2019, Mapletree Industrial Trust (SGX:ME8U) released its most recent earnings update. Generally, analyst consensus outlook seem pessimistic, as a 6.0% fall in profits is expected in the upcoming year. Though this pessimism is not unfounded, given the 5-year track record of negative growth. Currently with a trailing-twelve-month profit of S$271m, the consensus growth rate suggests that earnings will drop to S$255m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Mapletree Industrial Trust's earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. For those keen to understand more about other aspects of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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How is Mapletree Industrial Trust going to perform in the near future?

The 13 analysts covering ME8U view its longer term outlook with a positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To understand the overall trajectory of ME8U'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.

SGX:ME8U Past and Future Earnings, July 22nd 2019

From the current net income level of S$271m and the final forecast of S$273m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for ME8U’s earnings is 0.6%. However, if we exclude extraordinary items from net income, we see that earnings is projected to fall over time, resulting in an EPS of SGD0.13 in the final year of forecast compared to the current SGD0.14 EPS today. Analysts are predicting this high revenue growth to squeeze profit margins over time, from 72% to 64% by the end of 2022.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Mapletree Industrial Trust, there are three essential aspects you should further examine:

  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 Mapletree Industrial Trust 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 Mapletree Industrial Trust is currently mispriced by the market.
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