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The most recent earnings announcement Henry Boot PLC’s (LON:BOOT) released in December 2018 indicated that the company experienced a substantial headwind with earnings falling by -11%. Today I want to provide a brief commentary on how market analysts view Henry Boot’s earnings growth trajectory over the next few years and whether the future looks brighter. I will be using net income excluding extraordinary items in order to exclude one-off volatility which I am not interested in.
Analysts’ expectations for the upcoming year seems rather subdued, with earnings rising by a single digit 2.7%. The following year doesn’t look much more exciting, though earnings does reach UK£44m in 2022.
Even though it’s useful to understand the growth rate each year relative to today’s figure, it may be more valuable gauging the rate at which the business is rising or falling every year, on average. The pro of this technique is that it ignores near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of Henry Boot’s earnings trajectory over time, 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 4.2%. This means that, we can anticipate Henry Boot will grow its earnings by 4.2% every year for the next couple of years.
For Henry Boot, I’ve put together three essential 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 BOOT 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 BOOT is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of BOOT? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!
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