Gruppo MutuiOnline S.p.A Just Recorded A 16% Revenue Beat: Here's What Analysts Think

Simply Wall St
May 20, 2021
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Gruppo MutuiOnline S.p.A (BIT:MOL) shareholders are probably feeling a little disappointed, since its shares fell 7.8% to €40.40 in the week after its latest first-quarter results. Gruppo MutuiOnline beat revenue forecasts by a solid 16% to hit €78m. Statutory earnings per share came in at €3.28, in line with expectations. Following the result, the analyst has updated their earnings model, and it would be good to know whether they think there's been a strong change in the company's prospects, or if it's business as usual. With this in mind, we've gathered the latest statutory forecasts to see what the analyst is expecting for next year.

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BIT:MOL Earnings and Revenue Growth May 21st 2021

After the latest results, the sole analyst covering Gruppo MutuiOnline are now predicting revenues of €318.0m in 2021. If met, this would reflect a notable 12% improvement in sales compared to the last 12 months. Statutory earnings per share are expected to dive 62% to €1.34 in the same period. Yet prior to the latest earnings, the analyst had been anticipated revenues of €308.0m and earnings per share (EPS) of €1.33 in 2021. There doesn't appear to have been a major change in sentiment following the results, other than the modest lift to revenue estimates.

The analyst increased their price target 15% to €50.00, perhaps signalling that higher revenues are a strong leading indicator for Gruppo MutuiOnline's valuation.

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 period to the end of 2021 brings more of the same, according to the analyst, with revenue forecast to display 17% growth on an annualised basis. That is in line with its 16% annual growth over the past five years. Compare this with the broader industry, which analyst estimates (in aggregate) suggest will see revenues grow 18% annually. It's clear that while Gruppo MutuiOnline's revenue growth is expected to continue on its current trajectory, it's only expected to grow in line with the industry itself.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing to take away is that there's been no major change in sentiment, with the analyst reconfirming that the business is performing in line with their previous earnings per share estimates. They also upgraded their revenue forecasts, although the latest estimates suggest that Gruppo MutuiOnline will grow in line with the overall industry. We note an upgrade to the price target, suggesting that the analyst believes the intrinsic value of the business is likely to improve over time.

With that said, the long-term trajectory of the company's earnings is a lot more important than next year. At least one analyst has provided forecasts out to 2023, which can be seen for free on our platform here.

And what about risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Gruppo MutuiOnline (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

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