On 31 December 2018, Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB) released its earnings update. Generally, analyst consensus outlook appear cautiously optimistic, as a 12% increase in profits is expected in the upcoming year, relative to the past 5-year average growth rate of -3.3%. By 2020, we can expect Hubbell’s bottom line to reach US$402m, a jump from the current trailing-twelve-month of US$359m. Below is a brief commentary around Hubbell’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.
What can we expect from Hubbell in the longer term?
The longer term view from the 6 analysts covering HUBB is one of positive sentiment. Given that it becomes hard to forecast far into the future, broker analysts tend to project ahead roughly three years. I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to calculate an annual growth rate from the slope in order to understand the overall trajectory of HUBB’s earnings growth over these next few years.
This results in an annual growth rate of 9.2% based on the most recent earnings level of US$359m to the final forecast of US$469m by 2022. This leads to an EPS of $8.44 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of $6.57. Margins are currently sitting at 8.0%, which is expected to expand to 9.6% by 2022.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Hubbell, I’ve put together three essential aspects you should look at:
- 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.
- Valuation: What is Hubbell 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 Hubbell is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Hubbell? 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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