NIC Inc. (NASDAQ:EGOV) just released its latest third-quarter results and things are looking bullish. Statutory earnings performance was extremely strong, with revenue of US$135m beating expectations by 40% and earnings per share (EPS) of US$0.37, an impressive 85%ahead of expectations. Earnings are an important time for investors, as they can track a company's performance, look at what the analysts are forecasting for next year, and see if there's been a change in sentiment towards the company. So we gathered the latest post-earnings forecasts to see what estimates suggest is in store for next year.
After the latest results, the three analysts covering NIC are now predicting revenues of US$420.2m in 2021. If met, this would reflect a reasonable 3.4% improvement in sales compared to the last 12 months. Statutory per-share earnings are expected to be US$0.91, roughly flat on the last 12 months. Yet prior to the latest earnings, the analysts had been anticipated revenues of US$414.9m and earnings per share (EPS) of US$0.90 in 2021. The consensus analysts don't seem to have seen anything in these results that would have changed their view on the business, given there's been no major change to their estimates.
There were no changes to revenue or earnings estimates or the price target of US$28.00, suggesting that the company has met expectations in its recent result. 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. Currently, the most bullish analyst values NIC at US$30.00 per share, while the most bearish prices it at US$26.00. Still, with such a tight range of estimates, it suggeststhe analysts have a pretty good idea of what they think the company is worth.
Another way we can view these estimates is in the context of the bigger picture, such as how the forecasts stack up against past performance, and whether forecasts are more or less bullish relative to other companies in the industry. We would highlight that NIC's revenue growth is expected to slow, with forecast 3.4% increase next year well below the historical 4.9%p.a. growth over the last five years. By way of comparison, the other companies in this industry with analyst coverage are forecast to grow their revenue at 14% per year. Factoring in the forecast slowdown in growth, it seems obvious that NIC is also expected to grow slower than other industry participants.
The Bottom Line
The most obvious conclusion is that there's been no major change in the business' prospects in recent times, with the analysts holding their earnings forecasts steady, in line with previous estimates. On the plus side, there were no major changes to revenue estimates; although forecasts imply revenues will perform worse than the wider industry. There was no real change to the consensus price target, suggesting that the intrinsic value of the business has not undergone any major changes with the latest estimates.
Keeping that in mind, we still think that the longer term trajectory of the business is much more important for investors to consider. At Simply Wall St, we have a full range of analyst estimates for NIC going out to 2022, and you can see them free on our platform here..
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