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Looking at Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.’s (NYSE:MAA) earnings update in March 2019, analyst forecasts seem fairly subdued, with profits predicted to rise by 4.7% next year compared with the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 15%. Presently, with latest-twelve-month earnings at US$219m, we should see this growing to US$229m by 2020. I will provide a brief commentary around the figures and analyst expectations in the near term. Readers that are interested in understanding the company beyond these figures should research its fundamentals here.
How will Mid-America Apartment Communities perform in the near future?
The view from 12 analysts over the next three years is one of positive sentiment. Broker analysts tend to forecast up to three years ahead due to a lack of clarity around the business trajectory beyond this. To get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for MAA, I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to determine an annual rate of growth from the slope of this line.
From the current net income level of US$219m and the final forecast of US$254m by 2022, the annual rate of growth for MAA’s earnings is 4.1%. EPS reaches $2.53 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $1.93 EPS today. With a current profit margin of 14%, this movement will result in a margin of 15% by 2022.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Mid-America Apartment Communities, there are three fundamental factors you should further examine:
- 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 Mid-America Apartment Communities 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 Mid-America Apartment Communities is currently mispriced by the market.
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