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Profire Energy, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PFIE) latest earnings announcement in December 2018 showed that the company benefited from a robust tailwind, leading to a double-digit earnings growth of 37%. Below is a brief commentary on my key takeaways on how market analysts predict Profire Energy's earnings growth trajectory over the next couple of years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. Note that I will be looking at net income excluding extraordinary items to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.
Market analysts' prospects for this coming year seems rather subdued, with earnings increasing by a single digit 4.6%. The growth outlook in the following year seems much more optimistic with rates reaching double digit 20% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$11m by 2022.
While it’s informative understanding the growth rate year by year relative to today’s value, it may be more valuable to estimate the rate at which the earnings are rising or falling on average every year. The pro of this method is that we can get a better picture of the direction of Profire Energy's earnings trajectory over the long run, irrespective of near term fluctuations, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To compute this rate, I've appended a line of best fit through the forecasted earnings by market analysts. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 15%. This means that, we can assume Profire Energy will grow its earnings by 15% every year for the next few years.
For Profire Energy, there are three important factors you should further examine:
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 PFIE 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 PFIE is currently mispriced by the market.
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