In March 2019, Knorr-Bremse Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:KBX) released its earnings update. Generally, analysts seem cautiously optimistic, with earnings expected to grow by 13% in the upcoming year compared with the past 5-year average growth rate of 4.6%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of €593m, we should see this rise to €671m in 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. Investors wanting to learn more about other aspects of the company should research its fundamentals here.
Can we expect Knorr-Bremse to keep growing?
The longer term view from the 10 analysts covering KBX is one of positive sentiment. Generally, broker analysts tend to make predictions for up to three years given the lack of visibility beyond this point. 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 €593m and the final forecast of €753m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for KBX’s earnings is 6.1%. This leads to an EPS of €4.77 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of €3.68. With a current profit margin of 8.9%, this movement will result in a margin of 10% by 2022.
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