Shareholders in Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) may be thrilled to learn that the analysts have just delivered a major upgrade to their near-term forecasts. The analysts greatly increased their revenue estimates, suggesting a stark improvement in business fundamentals.
Following the upgrade, the most recent consensus for Hess from its twelve analysts is for revenues of US$5.5b in 2021 which, if met, would be a sizeable 22% increase on its sales over the past 12 months. The loss per share is anticipated to greatly reduce in the near future, narrowing 95% to US$0.52. Yet before this consensus update, the analysts had been forecasting revenues of US$5.0b and losses of US$1.59 per share in 2021. So there’s been quite a change-up of views after the recent consensus updates, with the analysts making a sizeable increase to their revenue forecasts while also reducing the estimated loss as the business grows towards breakeven.
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There was no major change to the consensus price target of US$66.20, perhaps suggesting that the analysts remain concerned about ongoing losses despite the improved earnings and revenue outlook. There’s another way to think about price targets though, and that’s to look at the range of price targets put forward by analysts, because a wide range of estimates could suggest a diverse view on possible outcomes for the business. There are some variant perceptions on Hess, with the most bullish analyst valuing it at US$80.00 and the most bearish at US$46.00 per share. This shows there is still some diversity in estimates, but analysts don’t appear to be totally split on the stock as though it might be a success or failure situation.
Of course, another way to look at these forecasts is to place them into context against the industry itself. The analysts are definitely expecting Hess’ growth to accelerate, with the forecast 22% growth ranking favourably alongside historical growth of 1.0% per annum over the past five years. By contrast, our data suggests that other companies (with analyst coverage) in a similar industry are forecast to grow their revenue at 11% per year. Factoring in the forecast acceleration in revenue, it’s pretty clear that Hess is expected to grow much faster than its industry.
The Bottom Line
The highlight for us was that the consensus reduced its estimated losses this year, perhaps suggesting Hess is moving incrementally towards profitability. They also upgraded their revenue estimates for this year, and sales are expected to grow faster than the wider market. The lack of change in the price target is puzzling, but with a serious upgrade to this year’s earnings expectations, it might be time to take another look at Hess.
Better yet, Hess is expected to break-even soon – within the next few years – according to analyst forecasts, which would be a momentous event for shareholders. You can learn more about these forecasts, for free on our platform here.
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