Overall Q1 2017 Corporate Profits Relative To GDP

In the last post (“After-Tax Corporate Profits Chart 1st Quarter 2017“) 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 first quarter), (After Tax) Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP is at levels that can be seen as historically (very) 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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CP:GDP

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; accessed May 26, 2017

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After-Tax Corporate Profits Chart 1st Quarter 2017

Today’s (May 26, 2017) GDP release (Q1, 2nd Estimate)(pdf) was accompanied by the BLS Corporate Profits report for the 1st Quarter.

Of course, there are many ways to adjust and depict overall Corporate Profits.  For reference purposes, here is a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) showing the Corporate Profits After Tax (without IVA and CCAdj) (last updated May 26, 2017, with a value of $1735.8 Billion SAAR):

Corporate Profits After Tax

Here is the Corporate Profits After Tax measure shown on a Percentage Change from a Year Ago perspective:

Corporate Profits After Tax Percent Change From Year Ago

Data Source: FRED, Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Corporate Profits After Tax [CP]; U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Economic Analysis; accessed May 26, 2017; https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/CP

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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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Q1 2017 Projected S&P500 Earnings Growth Rates

The Thomson Reuters “This Week In Earnings” (pdf) report dated April 21, 2017 contains information concerning projected S&P500 earnings growth for the 1st quarter.

An excerpt from page 3 of the report:

The estimated earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 for Q1 2017 is 11.2%. The S&P 500 expects to see shareweighted earnings of $254.1B in Q1 2017, compared to share-weighted earnings of $228.4B (based on the year-ago earnings of the current 505 constituents) in Q1 2016.

Seven of the eleven sectors in the index expect to see an improvement in earnings relative to Q1 2016. The Energy and Financials sectors have the highest earnings growth rates for the quarter, while the Industrials sector has the weakest anticipated growth compared to Q1 2016.

The report also contains a table (Exhibit 4A) that shows projected total earnings and earnings growth for both the S&P500 and by S&P500 sector.

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RevSD, LLC offers the above data and projections for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily agree with information provided by these outside parties.

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Overall Q4 2016 Corporate Profits Relative To GDP

In the last post (“After-Tax Corporate Profits Chart 4th Quarter 2016“) 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 at levels that can be seen as historically (very) 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 30, 2017

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RevSD, LLC offers the above data and projections for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily agree with information provided by these outside parties.

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ProfitabilityIssues.com is published by RevSD, LLC (RevSD.com).  RevSD, LLC is a management consulting firm and strategic advisory that focuses on the analysis of current and future business conditions, and given these conditions, offers corporations and businesses advice, strategies, and actionable methods on how to optimally increase revenues and profitability.