EQT AB (publ) Just Recorded A 15% EPS Beat: Here's What Analysts Are Forecasting Next

Simply Wall St
January 22, 2022
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A week ago, EQT AB (publ) (STO:EQT) came out with a strong set of yearly numbers that could potentially lead to a re-rate of the stock. It was overall a positive result, with revenues beating expectations by 9.2% to hit €1.6b. EQT reported statutory earnings per share (EPS) €0.93, which was a notable 15% above what the analysts had forecast. Following the result, the analysts have 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 analysts are expecting for next year.

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OM:EQT Earnings and Revenue Growth January 22nd 2022

Taking into account the latest results, the current consensus from EQT's ten analysts is for revenues of €1.81b in 2022, which would reflect a meaningful 13% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Statutory earnings per share are predicted to ascend 11% to €1.02. Before this earnings report, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of €1.71b and earnings per share (EPS) of €0.98 in 2022. So there seems to have been a moderate uplift in sentiment following the latest results, given the upgrades to both revenue and earnings per share forecasts for next year.

Althoughthe analysts have upgraded their earnings estimates, there was no change to the consensus price target of kr461, suggesting that the forecast performance does not have a long term impact on the company's valuation. The consensus price target is just an average of individual analyst targets, so - it could be handy to see how wide the range of underlying estimates is. The most optimistic EQT analyst has a price target of kr614 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at kr315. As you can see the range of estimates is wide, with the lowest valuation coming in at less than half the most bullish estimate, suggesting there are some strongly diverging views on how analysts think this business will perform. With this in mind, we wouldn't rely too heavily the consensus price target, as it is just an average and analysts clearly have some deeply divergent views on the business.

One way to get more context on these forecasts is to look at how they compare to both past performance, and how other companies in the same industry are performing. It's pretty clear that there is an expectation that EQT's revenue growth will slow down substantially, with revenues to the end of 2022 expected to display 13% growth on an annualised basis. This is compared to a historical growth rate of 34% over the past five years. Juxtapose this against the other companies in the industry with analyst coverage, which are forecast to grow their revenues (in aggregate) 12% annually. So it's pretty clear that, while EQT's revenue growth is expected to slow, it's expected to grow roughly in line with the industry.

The Bottom Line

The most important thing here is that the analysts upgraded their earnings per share estimates, suggesting that there has been a clear increase in optimism towards EQT following these results. They also upgraded their revenue forecasts, although the latest estimates suggest that EQT will grow in line with the overall industry. The consensus price target held steady at kr461, with the latest estimates not enough to have an impact on their price targets.

Keeping that in mind, we still think that the longer term trajectory of the business is much more important for investors to consider. At Simply Wall St, we have a full range of analyst estimates for EQT going out to 2024, and you can see them free on our platform here..

Plus, you should also learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with EQT .

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