What Should We Expect From Kaiser Aluminum Corporation’s (NASDAQ:KALU) Earnings In The Year Ahead?

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In March 2019, Kaiser Aluminum Corporation (NASDAQ:KALU) announced its earnings update. Overall, it seems that analyst forecasts are fairly optimistic, with earnings growth rate expected to be 24% in the upcoming year, relative to the past five-year average earnings growth of 24% per year. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of US$92m, we should see this rise to US$113m in 2020. Below is a brief commentary on the longer term outlook the market has for Kaiser Aluminum. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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Can we expect Kaiser Aluminum to keep growing?

The longer term view from the 5 analysts covering KALU is one of positive sentiment. Generally, broker analysts tend to make predictions for up to three years given the lack of visibility beyond this point. I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to calculate an annual growth rate from the slope in order to understand the overall trajectory of KALU’s earnings growth over these next few years.

NasdaqGS:KALU Past and Future Earnings, July 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:KALU Past and Future Earnings, July 16th 2019

This results in an annual growth rate of 5.6% based on the most recent earnings level of US$92m to the final forecast of US$124m by 2022. EPS reaches $8.25 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $5.53 EPS today. Margins are currently sitting at 5.8%, which is expected to expand to 7.2% by 2022.

Next Steps:

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