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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.’s (NYSE:HIG) announced its latest earnings update in December 2018, which showed that the business turned profitable again after incurring negative earnings in the previous financial year. Below, I’ve presented key growth figures on how market analysts view Hartford Financial Services Group’s earnings growth outlook over the next couple of years and whether the future looks brighter. I will be looking at earnings excluding extraordinary items to exclude one-off activities to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.
Analysts’ outlook for next year seems buoyant, with earnings expanding by a robust 21%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates arriving at double digit 28% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$2.0b by 2022.
Although it’s useful to understand the growth each year relative to today’s level, it may be more valuable to gauge the rate at which the company is growing on average every year. The advantage of this method is that it removes the impact of near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of Hartford Financial Services Group’s earnings trajectory over time, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To calculate this rate, I put a line of best fit through the forecasted earnings by market analysts. The slope of this line is the rate of earnings growth, which in this case is 11%. This means that, we can presume Hartford Financial Services Group will grow its earnings by 11% every year for the next couple of years.
For Hartford Financial Services Group, there are three important aspects you should further research:
- 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.
- Valuation: What is HIG 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 HIG is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of HIG? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!
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