Earnings Beat: Polaris Inc. Just Beat Analyst Forecasts, And Analysts Have Been Updating Their Models

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Simply Wall St
Published
October 29, 2020
NYSE:PII

Polaris Inc. (NYSE:PII) last week reported its latest quarterly results, which makes it a good time for investors to dive in and see if the business is performing in line with expectations. Revenues were US$2.0b, approximately in line with whatthe analysts expected, although statutory earnings per share (EPS) crushed expectations, coming in at US$2.66, an impressive 27% ahead of estimates. The analysts typically update their forecasts at each earnings report, and we can judge from their estimates whether their view of the company has changed or if there are any new concerns to be aware of. So we gathered the latest post-earnings forecasts to see what estimates suggest is in store for next year.

Check out our latest analysis for Polaris

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NYSE:PII Earnings and Revenue Growth October 29th 2020

Taking into account the latest results, the current consensus from Polaris' 15 analysts is for revenues of US$7.23b in 2021, which would reflect a notable 8.0% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. Statutory earnings per share are predicted to leap 1,712% to US$7.33. In the lead-up to this report, the analysts had been modelling revenues of US$7.12b and earnings per share (EPS) of US$6.90 in 2021. So the consensus seems to have become somewhat more optimistic on Polaris' earnings potential following these results.

There's been no major changes to the consensus price target of US$114, suggesting that the improved earnings per share outlook is not enough to have a long-term positive impact on the stock'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 Polaris analyst has a price target of US$128 per share, while the most pessimistic values it at US$98.00. The narrow spread of estimates could suggest that the business' future is relatively easy to value, or thatthe analysts have a strong view on its prospects.

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. We can infer from the latest estimates that forecasts expect a continuation of Polaris'historical trends, as next year's 8.0% revenue growth is roughly in line with 9.1% annual revenue growth over the past five years. By contrast, our data suggests that other companies (with analyst coverage) in a similar industry are forecast to see their revenues grow 15% per year. So although Polaris is expected to maintain its revenue growth rate, it's forecast to grow slower than the wider 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 Polaris following these results. On the plus side, there were no major changes to revenue estimates; although forecasts imply revenues will perform worse than the wider industry. The consensus price target held steady at US$114, with the latest estimates not enough to have an impact on their price targets.

With that in mind, we wouldn't be too quick to come to a conclusion on Polaris. Long-term earnings power is much more important than next year's profits. At Simply Wall St, we have a full range of analyst estimates for Polaris going out to 2022, and you can see them free on our platform here..

That said, it's still necessary to consider the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 5 warning signs with Polaris , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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