Upgrade: Analysts Just Made A Notable Increase To Their OMV Petrom S.A. (BVB:SNP) Forecasts

Simply Wall St
March 21, 2022
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OMV Petrom S.A. (BVB:SNP) shareholders will have a reason to smile today, with the analysts making substantial upgrades to this year's statutory forecasts. Consensus estimates suggest investors could expect greatly increased statutory revenues and earnings per share, with analysts modelling a real improvement in business performance.

Following the upgrade, the most recent consensus for OMV Petrom from its seven analysts is for revenues of RON32b in 2022 which, if met, would be a substantial 34% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Per-share earnings are expected to shoot up 66% to RON0.084. Previously, the analysts had been modelling revenues of RON29b and earnings per share (EPS) of RON0.064 in 2022. So we can see there's been a pretty clear increase in analyst sentiment in recent times, with both revenues and earnings per share receiving a decent lift in the latest estimates.

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BVB:SNP Earnings and Revenue Growth March 21st 2022

Despite these upgrades, the analysts have not made any major changes to their price target of RON0.58, suggesting that the higher estimates are not likely to have a long term impact on what the stock is worth. It could also be instructive to look at the range of analyst estimates, to evaluate how different the outlier opinions are from the mean. The most optimistic OMV Petrom analyst has a price target of RON0.76 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at RON0.48. This shows there is still some diversity in estimates, but analysts don't appear to be totally split on the stock as though it might be a success or failure situation.

Taking a look at the bigger picture now, one of the ways we can understand these forecasts is to see how they compare to both past performance and industry growth estimates. The analysts are definitely expecting OMV Petrom's growth to accelerate, with the forecast 34% annualised growth to the end of 2022 ranking favourably alongside historical growth of 4.7% per annum over the past five years. Compare this with other companies in the same industry, which are forecast to grow their revenue 3.1% annually. It seems obvious that, while the growth outlook is brighter than the recent past, the analysts also expect OMV Petrom to grow faster than the wider industry.

The Bottom Line

The biggest takeaway for us from these new estimates is that analysts upgraded their earnings per share estimates, with improved earnings power expected for this year. They also upgraded their revenue estimates for this year, and sales are expected to grow faster than the wider market. Some investors might be disappointed to see that the price target is unchanged, but we feel that improving fundamentals are usually a positive - assuming these forecasts are met! So OMV Petrom could be a good candidate for more research.

Still, the long-term prospects of the business are much more relevant than next year's earnings. At Simply Wall St, we have a full range of analyst estimates for OMV Petrom going out to 2024, and you can see them free on our platform here..

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