Mahanagar Gas Limited (NSE:MGL): What Does The Future Look Like?

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On 31 March 2019, Mahanagar Gas Limited (NSE:MGL) released its earnings update. Generally, it seems that analyst expectations are fairly bearish, with earnings expected to grow by 9.1% in the upcoming year compared with the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 14%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of ₹5.5b, we can expect this to reach ₹6.0b by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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How is Mahanagar Gas going to perform in the near future?

Longer term expectations from the 20 analysts covering MGL’s stock is one of positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for MGL, I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to determine an annual rate of growth from the slope of this line.

NSEI:MGL Past and Future Earnings, May 31st 2019
NSEI:MGL Past and Future Earnings, May 31st 2019

From the current net income level of ₹5.5b and the final forecast of ₹6.8b by 2022, the annual rate of growth for MGL’s earnings is 6.0%. EPS reaches ₹69.78 in the final year of forecast compared to the current ₹55.31 EPS today. This high rate of growth of revenue squeezes margins, as analysts predict an upcoming margin contraction from the current 20% to 19% by the end of 2022.

Next Steps:

Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Mahanagar Gas, there are three relevant aspects you should further examine:

  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 Mahanagar Gas 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 Mahanagar Gas is currently mispriced by the market.
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