S&P500 Earnings Trends – April 2021

S&P500 earnings trends and estimates are a notably important topic, for a variety of reasons, at this point in time.

FactSet publishes a report titled “Earnings Insight” that contains a variety of information including the trends and expectations of S&P500 earnings.

For reference purposes, here are two charts as seen in the “Earnings Insight” report of April 16, 2021:

from page 23:

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S&P500 EPS

from page 24:

S&P500 EPS 2011-2022

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S&P500 EPS Forecasts For CY 2021, 2022 & 2023

As many are aware, Refinitiv publishes earnings estimates for the S&P500.  

The following estimates are from Exhibit 24 of the “S&P500 Earnings Scorecard” (pdf) of April 19, 2021, and represent an aggregation of individual S&P500 component “bottom up” analyst forecasts.  For reference, the Year 2014 value is $118.78/share; the Year 2015 value is $117.46/share; the Year 2016 value is $118.10/share; the Year 2017 value is $132.00/share; the Year 2018 value is $161.93/share; the Year 2019 value is $162.93/share; and the Year 2020 value is $139.72/share;

Year 2021 estimate:

$178.25/share

Year 2022 estimate:

$203.93/share

Year 2023 estimate:

$222.21/share

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RevSD, LLC offers the above commentary for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily agree with all (or any) of the views expressed by these outside parties.

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S&P500 EPS Forecasts From Standard & Poor’s April 9, 2021

As many are aware, Standard & Poor’s publishes earnings estimates for the S&P500.  

For reference purposes, the most current estimates are reflected below, and are as of April 9, 2021:

Year 2021 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $173.72/share

-From a “top down” perspective, operating earnings of N/A

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $158.97/share

Year 2022 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $200.95/share

-From a “top down” perspective, operating earnings of N/A

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $183.76/share

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RevSD, LLC offers the above commentary for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily agree with all (or any) of the views expressed by these outside parties.

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Businesses’ Expected Changes In Unit Costs And Prices

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta publishes a monthly report titled “Business Inflation Expectations” (BIE) that contains statistics from a survey of regional businesses’ views on various factors that impact profitability.  These factors include unit costs, unit cost expectations, sales levels, pricing, profit margins, and other factors.

As described on the site:

“Approximately 300 panelists receive the survey each month. Panelists represent businesses of various sizes headquartered within the Sixth District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Panelists range from executives of large corporations to owner-operators of small businesses. The industry composition of the panel roughly reflects the makeup of the national economy. Nevertheless, survey responses are weighted by industry shares of national gross domestic product.”

An excerpt from the April 2021 BIE Survey dated April 14, 2021 (involving 199 firms responding):

  • Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations are relatively unchanged at 2.5 percent, on average.
  • Current economic environment: Sales levels and profit margins compared to “normal” improved over the month with sales returning to average levels while profits remain near average levels. Year-over-year unit cost growth increased significantly to 2.4 percent, on average.
  • Quarterly question: Firms’ sales gap (percentage below “normal” unit sales levels) decreased significantly to 1.1 percent as firms, on average, are now at “normal” sales levels.
  • Special question: If a firm’s unit cost growth was up significantly, they were asked how long they expected this to last. They were then asked to report whether they experienced a price change over the last 12 months and what the percent change was. This question was followed up by asking about their expected price changes over the next 12 months. A breakdown of the results can be found in the special question section below.

The report also includes other questions and a variety of charts and tables depicting respondents’ answers.

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Overall Q4 2020 Corporate Profits Relative To GDP

In the last post (“After-Tax Corporate Profits Chart 4th Quarter 2020”) I displayed, for reference purposes, a long-term chart depicting Corporate Profits After Tax.

There are many ways to view this measure, both on an absolute as well as relative basis.

One relative measure is viewing Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP.  I feel that this metric is important for a variety of reasons.  As well, the measure is important to a variety of parties, including investors, businesses, and government policy makers.

As one can see from the long-term chart below (updated through the fourth quarter), (After Tax) Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP is still at levels that can be seen as historically high.  While there are many reasons as to why this is so, from a going-forward standpoint I think it is important to recognize both that such a notable condition exists, as well as contemplate and/or plan for such factors and conditions that would come about if (and in my opinion “when”) a more historically “normal” ratio of Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP occurs.  This topic can be very complex in nature, and depends upon myriad factors.  In my opinion it deserves far greater recognition.

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Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed March 25, 2021

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