AMAG Austria Metall AG (VIE:AMAG) shareholders will have a reason to smile today, with the analysts making substantial upgrades to this year's forecasts. Consensus estimates suggest investors could expect greatly increased statutory revenues and earnings per share, with analysts modelling a real improvement in business performance.
After this upgrade, AMAG Austria Metall's three analysts are now forecasting revenues of €1.1b in 2021. This would be a sizeable 20% improvement in sales compared to the last 12 months. Per-share earnings are expected to leap 127% to €0.75. Prior to this update, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of €973m and earnings per share (EPS) of €0.61 in 2021. So we can see there's been a pretty clear increase in analyst sentiment in recent times, with both revenues and earnings per share receiving a decent lift in the latest estimates.
It will come as no surprise to learn that the analysts have increased their price target for AMAG Austria Metall 8.8% to €33.00 on the back of these upgrades. The consensus price target is just an average of individual analyst targets, so - it could be handy to see how wide the range of underlying estimates is. The most optimistic AMAG Austria Metall analyst has a price target of €34.50 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at €31.50. Even so, with a relatively close grouping of estimates, it looks like the analysts are quite confident in their valuations, suggesting AMAG Austria Metall is an easy business to forecast or the underlying assumptions are obvious.
Another way we can view these estimates is in the context of the bigger picture, such as how the forecasts stack up against past performance, and whether forecasts are more or less bullish relative to other companies in the industry. The analysts are definitely expecting AMAG Austria Metall's growth to accelerate, with the forecast 20% annualised growth to the end of 2021 ranking favourably alongside historical growth of 2.3% per annum over the past five years. Compare this with other companies in the same industry, which are forecast to grow their revenue 2.9% annually. It seems obvious that, while the growth outlook is brighter than the recent past, the analysts also expect AMAG Austria Metall to grow faster than the wider industry.
The Bottom Line
The biggest takeaway for us from these new estimates is that analysts upgraded their earnings per share estimates, with improved earnings power expected for this year. Fortunately, analysts also upgraded their revenue estimates, and our data indicates sales are expected to perform better than the wider market. With a serious upgrade to expectations and a rising price target, it might be time to take another look at AMAG Austria Metall.
These earnings upgrades look like a sterling endorsement, but before diving in - you should know that we've spotted 3 potential flags with AMAG Austria Metall, including its declining profit margins. You can learn more, and discover the 2 other flags we've identified, for free on our platform here.
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