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Proximus PLC (EBR:PROX): Will The Growth Last?

Kari Hurd

In September 2018, Proximus PLC (EBR:PROX) released its earnings update. Generally, analyst consensus outlook appear cautiously optimistic, with earnings expected to grow by 4.8% in the upcoming year compared with the past 5-year average growth rate of -5.8%. By 2020, we can expect Proximus’s bottom line to reach €547m, a jump from the current trailing-twelve-month of €522m. 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.

See our latest analysis for Proximus

What can we expect from Proximus in the longer term?

The 19 analysts covering PROX view its longer term outlook with a positive sentiment. Given that it becomes hard to forecast far into the future, broker analysts tend to project ahead roughly three years. To get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for PROX, 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.

ENXTBR:PROX Future Profit January 7th 19

This results in an annual growth rate of 6.3% based on the most recent earnings level of €522m to the final forecast of €631m by 2022. EPS reaches €1.96 in the final year of forecast compared to the current €1.62 EPS today. With a current profit margin of 9.1%, this movement will result in a margin of 11% by 2022.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Proximus, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors 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 Proximus 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 Proximus is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Proximus? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.