American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK): Immense Growth Potential?

The most recent earnings update American Water Works Company, Inc.’s (NYSE:AWK) released in December 2018 confirmed that the company benefited from a strong tailwind, leading to a double-digit earnings growth of 33%. Below, I’ve presented key growth figures on how market analysts perceive American Water Works Company’s earnings growth trajectory over the next couple of years and whether the future looks even brighter than the past. Note that I will be looking at net income excluding extraordinary items to get a better understanding of the underlying drivers of earnings.

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Market analysts’ consensus outlook for next year seems positive, with earnings growing by a robust 15%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates reaching double digit 24% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting US$785m by 2022.

NYSE:AWK Past and Future Earnings, March 5th 2019
NYSE:AWK Past and Future Earnings, March 5th 2019

Although it is helpful to be aware of the growth year by year relative to today’s level, it may be more valuable to analyze the rate at which the earnings are growing on average every year. The advantage of this method is that it ignores near term flucuations and accounts for the overarching direction of American Water Works Company’s earnings trajectory over time, which may be more relevant for long term investors. To calculate this rate, I’ve appended 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 9.7%. This means, we can assume American Water Works Company will grow its earnings by 9.7% every year for the next couple of years.

Next Steps:

For American Water Works Company, there are three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. 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.
  2. Valuation: What is AWK 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 AWK is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives: Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of AWK? 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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