In March 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (BIT:FCA) released its earnings update. Generally, analysts seem extremely confident, as a 56% rise in profits is expected in the upcoming year, against the previous 5-year average growth rate of 42%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of €3.3b, we should see this rise to €5.2b in 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. For those keen to understand more about other aspects of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
Can we expect Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to keep growing?
The longer term expectations from the 23 analysts of FCA is tilted 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 get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for FCA, 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.
This results in an annual growth rate of 5.7% based on the most recent earnings level of €3.3b to the final forecast of €5.8b by 2022. This leads to an EPS of €2.74 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of €2.14. Margins are currently sitting at 3.0%, which is expected to expand to 4.9% by 2022.
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