What Are Analysts Saying About Pembina Pipeline Corporation's (TSE:PPL) Future?

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Based on Pembina Pipeline Corporation's (TSE:PPL) earnings update in March 2019, it seems that analyst expectations are fairly bearish, with earnings expected to grow by 12% in the upcoming year relative to the higher past 5-year average growth rate of 31%. Currently with trailing-twelve-month earnings of CA$1.2b, we can expect this to reach CA$1.3b by 2020. Below is a brief commentary around Pembina Pipeline's earnings outlook going forward, which may give you a sense of market sentiment for the company. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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How is Pembina Pipeline going to perform in the near future?

Longer term expectations from the 11 analysts covering PPL’s stock 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. I've plotted out each year's earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to calculate an annual growth rate from the slope in order to understand the overall trajectory of PPL's earnings growth over these next few years.

TSX:PPL Past and Future Earnings, June 17th 2019

By 2022, PPL's earnings should reach CA$1.6b, from current levels of CA$1.2b, resulting in an annual growth rate of 11%. EPS reaches CA$2.97 in the final year of forecast compared to the current CA$2.28 EPS today. In 2022, PPL's profit margin will have expanded from 16% to 20%.

Next Steps:

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