What Should You Know About The Future Of Crest Nicholson Holdings plc's (LON:CRST)?

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On 30 April 2019, Crest Nicholson Holdings plc (LON:CRST) announced its latest earnings update. Overall, the consensus outlook from analysts appear bearish, with profits predicted to drop by 8.1% next year against the past 5-year average growth rate of 9.7%. Presently, with latest-twelve-month earnings at UK£143m, we should see this fall to UK£131m by 2020. Below is a brief commentary on the longer term outlook the market has for Crest Nicholson Holdings. For those interested in more of an analysis of the company, you can research its fundamentals here.

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Exciting times ahead?

The view from 10 analysts over the next three years is one of positive sentiment. Since forecasting becomes more difficult further into the future, broker analysts generally project out to around three years. To get an idea of the overall earnings growth trend for CRST, I’ve plotted out each year’s earnings expectations and inserted a line of best fit to determine an annual rate of growth from the slope of this line.

LSE:CRST Past and Future Earnings, June 17th 2019

This results in an annual growth rate of 1.6% based on the most recent earnings level of UK£143m to the final forecast of UK£143m by 2022. However, if we exclude extraordinary items from net income, we see that earnings is projected to fall over time, resulting in an EPS of £0.52 in the final year of forecast compared to the current £0.56 EPS today. Margins are currently sitting at 13%, which is expected to expand to 13% by 2022.

Next Steps:

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