S&P500 Earnings Trends – April 2022

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 14, 2022:

from page 27:

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S&P500 EPS forecasts for 2022 & 2023

from page 28:

S&P500 annual EPS 2012 - 2023

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Annual S&P500 EPS For Years Of 2014 – 2024

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 18, 2022, 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; the Year 2020 value is $139.72/share; and the year 2021 value is $208.12:

Year 2022 estimate:

$227.29/share

Year 2023 estimate:

$250.11/share

Year 2024 estimate:

$275.71/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 13, 2022

As many are aware, Standard & Poor’s publishes earnings estimates for the S&P500.  (My posts concerning their estimates can be found under the S&P500 Earnings tag)

For reference purposes, the most current estimates are reflected below, and are as of April 13, 2022:

Year 2021 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $208.21/share

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $197.87/share

Year 2022 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $226.29/share

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $208.38/share

Year 2023 estimates add to the following:

-From a “bottom up” perspective, operating earnings of $249.33/share

-From a “bottom up” perspective, “as reported” earnings of $230.80/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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Firms’ Year-Ahead Inflation Expectations And Demand Characteristics

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 2022 BIE Survey dated April 13, 2022 (involving 207 firms responding):

  • Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations remain unchanged at 3.8 percent, on average.
  • Current economic environment: Sales levels and profit margins “compared to normal” remain relatively unchanged. Year-over-year unit cost growth increased slightly to 4.2 percent, on average.
  • Quarterly question: Firms’ sales gap (percentage below “normal” unit sales levels) increased significantly to 1.3 percent above normal and remain at historically high levels.
  • Special question: Firms were asked how their levels of demand changed over the prior 12 months. They were then asked to note the actions taken in response to the change in demand. Finally, they provided information on whether they expect these changes to persist 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 2021 Corporate Profits Relative To GDP

In the last post (“After-Tax Corporate Profits Chart 4th Quarter 2021“) 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 30, 2022

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