What Are Analysts Saying About The Future Of IDP Education Limited’s (ASX:IEL)?

After IDP Education Limited’s (ASX:IEL) earnings announcement in June 2018, it seems that analyst forecasts are fairly optimistic, with profits predicted to increase by 21.0% next year compared with the past 5-year average growth rate of 15.0%. Presently, with latest-twelve-month earnings at AU$51.5m, we should see this growing to AU$62.3m by 2019. In this article, I’ve outline a few earnings growth rates to give you a sense of the market sentiment for IDP Education in the longer term. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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Exciting times ahead?

Longer term expectations from the 5 analysts covering IEL’s stock is one of positive sentiment. Generally, broker analysts tend to make predictions for up to three years given the lack of visibility beyond this point. To understand the overall trajectory of IEL’s earnings growth over these next fews years, I’ve fitted a line through these analyst earnings forecast to determine an annual growth rate from the slope.

ASX:IEL Future Profit September 27th 18
ASX:IEL Future Profit September 27th 18

By 2021, IEL’s earnings should reach AU$91.5m, from current levels of AU$51.5m, resulting in an annual growth rate of 17.4%. This leads to an EPS of A$0.36 in the final year of projections relative to the current EPS of A$0.21. Growth in earnings appears to be a result of cost-cutting initiatives, since top-line is predicted to rise at a slower pace than earnings. With a current profit margin of 10.6%, this movement will result in a margin of 12.6% by 2021.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For IDP Education, I’ve compiled three essential factors you should look at:

  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 IDP Education 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 IDP Education is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of IDP Education? 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.

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