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Are S&P 500 Companies with More Global Exposure Reporting Lower Earnings Growth in Q4?

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By John Butters  |  February 11, 2019

Coming into the Q4 earnings season, there were concerns in the market about the impact of the stronger U.S. dollar, slower global economic growth, and trade tensions on companies in the S&P 500 with higher international revenue exposure. With about two-thirds (66%) of the companies in the index reporting actual results for Q4, are S&P 500 companies with higher global revenue exposure underperforming S&P 500 companies with lower global revenue exposure in terms of earnings growth and revenue growth for Q4 2018?

The answer is yes.

FactSet Geographic Revenue Exposure data (based on the most recently reported fiscal year data for each company in the index) was used to answer this question. For this analysis, the index was divided into two groups: companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S. (less global exposure) and companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S. (more global exposure). Aggregate earnings and revenue growth rates were then calculated based on these two groups.

The blended (combines actual results for companies that have reported and estimated results for companies yet to report) earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 for Q4 2018 is 13.3%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the blended earnings growth rate is 16.6%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the blended earnings growth rate is 8.4%.

Earnings+RevenueGrowth

The blended revenue growth rate for the S&P 500 for Q4 2018 is 7.0%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the blended revenue growth rate is 7.2%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the blended revenue growth rate is 6.7%.

EstimatedEarnings+RevGrowthCY2019

Based on current EPS and revenue estimates for 2019, S&P 500 companies with higher global revenue exposure are also expected to underperform S&P 500 companies with lower global revenue exposure in terms of earnings and revenue growth for 2019.

The estimated earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 for CY 2019 is 5.0%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated earnings growth rate is 6.7%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated earnings growth rate is 1.9%.

The estimated revenue growth rate for the S&P 500 for CY 2019 is 5.1%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated revenue growth rate is 5.9%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated revenue growth rate is 3.1%. 

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John Butters

Senior Earnings Analyst

John’s weekly research report, Earnings Insight provides analysis and commentary on trends in corporate earnings data for the S&P 500, including revisions to estimates, year-over-year growth, performance relative to expectations, and valuations. He is a widely used source for the media and has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business News, and the Business News Network. In addition, he has been cited by numerous print and online publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, MarketWatch, and Yahoo! Finance.

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