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What Are Analysts Saying About Meggitt PLC's (LON:MGGT) Earnings Trajectory?

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Meggitt PLC's (LON:MGGT) most recent earnings announcement in December 2018 revealed that the company experienced a immense headwind with earnings deteriorating by -39%. Today I want to provide a brief commentary on how market analysts predict Meggitt's earnings growth outlook over the next few years and whether the future looks brighter. I will be using net income excluding extraordinary items in order to exclude one-off volatility which I am not interested in.

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Analysts' expectations for this coming year seems buoyant, with earnings climbing by a robust 12%. This growth seems to continue into the following year with rates reaching double digit 27% compared to today’s earnings, and finally hitting UK£260m by 2022.

LSE:MGGT Past and Future Earnings, May 10th 2019

Even though it’s helpful to understand the growth year by year relative to today’s figure, it may be more beneficial determining the rate at which the company is growing every year, on average. The advantage of this approach is that we can get a better picture of the direction of Meggitt's earnings trajectory over the long run, irrespective of near term fluctuations, 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 anticipate Meggitt will grow its earnings by 11% every year for the next few years.

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