Assura Plc (LON:AGR): Are Analysts Bullish?

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Assura Plc’s (LON:AGR) most recent earnings announcement in March 2019 indicated that the business experienced a strong tailwind, eventuating to a double-digit earnings growth of 17%. Today I want to provide a brief commentary on how market analysts view Assura’s earnings growth outlook over the next few years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. I will be using net income excluding extraordinary items in order to exclude one-off volatility which I am not interested in.

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Analysts’ expectations for next year seems positive, with earnings expanding by a robust 39%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates reaching double digit 42% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting UK£122m by 2022.

LSE:AGR Past and Future Earnings, June 6th 2019
LSE:AGR Past and Future Earnings, June 6th 2019

Even though it’s useful to understand the growth rate each year relative to today’s level, it may be more beneficial to estimate the rate at which the business is rising or falling every year, on average. The pro of this approach is that we can get a bigger picture of the direction of Assura’s earnings trajectory over the long run, irrespective of near term fluctuations, 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 12%. This means that, we can anticipate Assura will grow its earnings by 12% every year for the next couple of years.

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