S&P500 Earnings Trends – May 2017

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” (pdf) report of May 12, 2017:

from page 19:

(click on charts to enlarge images)

S&P500 EPS estimates 2017 & 2018

from page 20:

annual S&P500 EPS

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S&P500 EPS Annual Forecasts – Years Of 2017 – 2019

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

The following estimates are from Exhibit 20 of the “S&P500 Earnings Scorecard” (pdf) of May 15, 2017, 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, and the Year 2016 value is $118.10/share:

Year 2017 estimate:

$131.48/share

Year 2018 estimate:

$147.02/share

Year 2019 estimate:

$161.40/share

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S&P500 EPS Forecasts From Standard & Poor’s Dated May 4, 2017

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 May 4, 2017:

Year 2017 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $129.71/share

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

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $119.12/share

Year 2018 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $146.75/share

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

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $133.71/share

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Businesses’ Expectations Regarding Unit Costs And Factors Influencing 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, 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 May 2017 BIE Survey (pdf) dated May 10, 2017 (involving 200 firms responding):

Respondents indicated that, on average, they expect unit costs to rise 2.0 percent over the next 12 months. Inflation uncertainty increased slightly to 2.2 percent. Firms also report that, compared to this time last year, their unit costs are up 1.8 percent. Respondents’ sales levels, compared to what they consider normal conditions, remained the same with a diffusion index value of -12. Profit margins declined, with a diffusion index value of -22.

This month’s “quarterly question” concerned “Factors influencing price change.” An excerpt:

Seventy percent of respondents indicated that labor costs will put moderate or strong upward pressure on their prices over the next 12 months. Respondents’ expectations regarding the influence of nonlabor costs on prices increased from the last measure, with 71 percent of respondents indicating upward price pressure. Thirty-seven percent of respondents expect sales levels to put moderate or strong upward pressure on prices in the year ahead. The majority of firms expect productivity and margin adjustments to have little or no influence over prices in the next 12 months.

This month’s “special question” regarded “Year-ahead expected employment levels.”

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

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Two Charts Of S&P500 Net Profit Margins – April 2017

For reference purposes, below are two charts depicting net profit margins for the S&P500.  Both charts are from the FactSet Earnings Insight report (pdf) dated April 13, 2017, page 25.

The first chart depicts S&P500 net margins (TTM) since April 30, 2007, as depicted:

S&P500 trailing 12-month net margin chart

The second chart below shows S&P500 quarterly net margins from Q3 2014 through Q4 2016, and projected net margins from Q1 2017, as depicted:

S&P500 quarterly net margin

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