In September 2018, Portland General Electric Company (NYSE:POR) announced its earnings update. Overall, analyst consensus outlook appear cautiously subdued, with profits predicted to rise by 5.8% next year relative to the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 9.5%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of US$187m, we should see this rise to US$198m in 2019. In this article, I’ve outline a few earnings growth rates to give you a sense of the market sentiment for Portland General Electric in the longer term. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
What can we expect from Portland General Electric in the longer term?
The longer term expectations from the 8 analysts of POR is tilted towards the positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To reduce the year-on-year volatility of analyst earnings forecast, I’ve inserted a line of best fit through the expected earnings figures to determine the annual growth rate from the slope of the line.
This results in an annual growth rate of 4.7% based on the most recent earnings level of US$187m to the final forecast of US$216m by 2021. EPS reaches $2.66 in the final year of forecast compared to the current $2.1 EPS today. With a current profit margin of 9.3%, this movement will result in a margin of 11% by 2021.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you’re building an investment case for a stock. For Portland General Electric, I’ve compiled three essential factors 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 Portland General Electric 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 Portland General Electric is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Portland General Electric? 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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