Since Direct Line Insurance Group plc (LON:DLG) released its earnings in December 2018, analyst forecasts seem bearish, with earnings expected to decline by 17% in the upcoming year compared with the past 5-year average growth rate of 3.8%. With trailing-twelve-month net income at current levels of UK£457m, the consensus growth rate suggests that earnings will decline to UK£379m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Direct Line Insurance Group's earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. For those keen to understand more about other aspects of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.
Exciting times ahead?
Longer term expectations from the 14 analysts covering DLG’s stock is one of negative sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To understand the overall trajectory of DLG's earnings growth over these next fews years, I've fitted a line through these analyst earnings forecast to determine an annual growth rate from the slope.
By 2022, DLG's earnings should reach UK£417m, from current levels of UK£457m, resulting in an annual growth rate of -2.1%. EPS reaches £0.28 in the final year of forecast compared to the current £0.33 EPS today. The bottom-line decline seems to be caused by a falling top-line, with negative growth of -1.7%. By 2022, margins are projected to decline from 13% to 13% as a result in a faster fall in profits.
Future outlook is only one aspect when you're building an investment case for a stock. For Direct Line Insurance Group, there are three essential factors you should further research:
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