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Results: PriceSmart, Inc. Beat Earnings Expectations And Analysts Now Have New Forecasts

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PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT) investors will be delighted, with the company turning in some strong numbers with its latest results. The company beat both earnings and revenue forecasts, with revenue of US$877m, some 4.8% above estimates, and statutory earnings per share (EPS) coming in at US$0.90, 34% ahead of expectations. The analysts typically update their forecasts at each earnings report, and we can judge from their estimates whether their view of the company has changed or if there are any new concerns to be aware of. So we gathered the latest post-earnings forecasts to see what estimates suggest is in store for next year.

View our latest analysis for PriceSmart

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Taking into account the latest results, the current consensus from PriceSmart's twin analysts is for revenues of US$3.49b in 2021, which would reflect a satisfactory 2.9% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Per-share earnings are expected to climb 10% to US$3.10. Before this earnings report, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of US$3.47b and earnings per share (EPS) of US$2.75 in 2021. Although the revenue estimates have not really changed, we can see there's been a nice increase in earnings per share expectations, suggesting that the analysts have become more bullish after the latest result.

The consensus price target rose 29% to US$103, suggesting that higher earnings estimates flow through to the stock's valuation as well.

One way to get more context on these forecasts is to look at how they compare to both past performance, and how other companies in the same industry are performing. We can infer from the latest estimates that forecasts expect a continuation of PriceSmart'shistorical trends, as next year's 2.9% revenue growth is roughly in line with 3.5% annual revenue growth over the past five years. By contrast, our data suggests that other companies (with analyst coverage) in a similar industry are forecast to see their revenues grow 3.5% per year. So it's pretty clear that PriceSmart is expected to grow slower than similar companies in the same industry.

The Bottom Line

The biggest takeaway for us is the consensus earnings per share upgrade, which suggests a clear improvement in sentiment around PriceSmart's earnings potential next year. Fortunately, the analysts also reconfirmed their revenue estimates, suggesting sales are tracking in line with expectations - although our data does suggest that PriceSmart's revenues are expected to perform worse than the wider industry. There was also a nice increase in the price target, with the analysts clearly feeling that the intrinsic value of the business is improving.

With that in mind, we wouldn't be too quick to come to a conclusion on PriceSmart. Long-term earnings power is much more important than next year's profits. At least one analyst has provided forecasts out to 2022, which can be seen for free on our platform here.

That said, it's still necessary to consider the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with PriceSmart , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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