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S&P 500 Companies with More Global Exposure Could See Double-Digit Earnings Decline in Q1

Companies and Earnings

By John Butters  |  March 8, 2019

With about a month to go before the start of the Q1 earnings season, there are 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. Given these concerns, are S&P 500 companies with higher global revenue exposure expected to underperform S&P 500 companies with lower global revenue exposure in terms of earnings growth and revenue growth for Q1 2019?

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.

Estimated Earnings and Revenue Growth Q1 2019

The estimated earnings decline for the S&P 500 for Q1 2019 is -3.4%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated earnings growth rate is 1.0%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated earnings decline is -11.2%.

The estimated revenue growth rate for the S&P 500 for Q1 2019 is 4.9%. For companies that generate more than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated revenue growth rate is 6.5%. For companies that generate less than 50% of sales inside the U.S., the estimated revenue growth rate is 0.7%.

What Companies are Saying

 “The global expansion is continuing to lose steam, and faster than anticipated a few months ago. Growth in Europe has been particularly disappointing, as trade growth both within the EU and with external partners has stalled. Business and consumer confidence has plummeted in advanced economies as trade tensions persist, high levels of policy uncertainty in Europe linger, and the pace of China’s slowdown continues to raise concerns.” -Laurence Boone, OECD Chief Economist (March 6)

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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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