Featured Image

S&P 500 Earnings Season Update: November 4, 2022

Earnings

By John Butters  |  November 4, 2022

At the end of the peak weeks of the third-quarter earnings season, the number of S&P 500 companies reporting a positive earnings surprise and the magnitude of these earnings surprises are still below their 5-year and 10-year averages. As a result, earnings for the third quarter are slightly higher today relative to the end of last week, but still lower today relative to the end of the quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the S&P 500 is reporting its lowest earnings growth since Q3 2020.

Overall, 85% of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported actual results for Q3 2022 to date. Of these companies, 70% have reported actual EPS above estimates, which is below the 5-year average of 77% and below the 10-year average of 73%. In aggregate, companies are reporting earnings that are 1.9% above estimates, which is well below the 5-year average of 8.7% and well below the 10-year average of 6.5%. If 1.9% is the final percentage for the quarter, it will mark the second-lowest surprise percentage reporting by the index in the past nine years. The lower earnings surprise percentage is due to a number of companies reporting actual earnings below estimates by unusually wide margins.

As a result, the index is reporting slightly higher earnings for the third quarter today relative to the end of last week, but still reporting lower earnings relative to the end of the quarter. The blended (combines actual results for companies that have reported and estimated results for companies that have yet to report) earnings growth rate for the third quarter is 2.2% today, compared to an earnings growth rate of 2.1% last week and an earnings growth rate of 2.7% at the end of the third quarter (September 30).

During the past week, positive earnings surprises reported by companies in multiple sectors (led by the Health Care and Energy sectors) were mostly offset by negative earnings surprises reported by companies in the Financials, Communication Services, and Consumer Discretionary sectors, resulting in a small increase in the earnings growth rate for the index during this period. Since September 30, negative earnings surprises reported by companies in the Financials, Communication Services, and Industrials sectors have been partially offset by positive earnings surprises reported by companies in the Energy and Health Care sectors, resulting in an overall decrease in the earnings growth rate for the index during this period.

If 2.2% is the actual growth rate for the quarter, it will mark the lowest earnings growth rate reported by the index since Q3 2020 (-5.7%). Four of the eleven sectors are reporting year-over-year earnings growth, led by the Energy, Real Estate, and Industrials sectors. On the other hand, seven sectors are reporting a year-over-year decline in earnings, led by the Communication Services, Financials, and Materials sectors.

In terms of revenues, 71% of S&P 500 companies have reported actual revenues above estimates, which is above the 5-year average of 69% and above the 10-year average of 62%. In aggregate, companies are reporting revenues that are 2.5% above the estimates, which is above the 5-year average of 1.9% and above the 10-year average of 1.2%.

As a result, the index is reporting higher revenues for the third quarter today relative to the end of last week and relative to the end of the quarter. The blended revenue growth rate for the third quarter is 10.5% today, compared to a revenue growth rate of 9.3% last week and a revenue growth rate of 8.7% at the end of the third quarter (September 30).

Positive revenue surprises reported by companies in multiple sectors (led by the Energy and Financials sectors) were the main contributors to the increase in the overall revenue growth rate during the past week. Positive revenue surprises reported by companies in multiple sectors (again led by the Energy and Financials sectors) have been the largest contributors to the increase in the overall revenue growth rate since September 30.

If 10.5% is the actual growth rate for the quarter, it will mark the seventh straight quarter that the index has reported revenue growth above 10%. All eleven sectors are reporting year-over-year growth in revenues, led by the Energy sector.

Looking ahead, analysts expect a decline in earnings of -1.0% for Q4 2022 but earnings growth of 5.6% for CY 2022. For Q1 2023 and Q2 2023, analysts are projecting earnings growth of 2.3% and 1.5%. For CY 2023, analysts predict earnings growth of 5.9%.

The forward 12-month P/E ratio is 16.1, which is below the 5-year average (18.5) and below the 10-year average (17.1). However, it is above the forward P/E ratio of 15.2 recorded at the end of the third quarter (September 30), as the price of the index has increased while the forward 12-month EPS estimate has decreased since September 30.

During the upcoming week, 30 S&P 500 companies (including one Dow 30 component) are scheduled to report results for the third quarter.

sp500-earnings-above-in-line-below-estimates-q3-2022

sp500-revenues-above-in-line-below-estimates-q3-2022

sp500-earnings-growth-q3-2022

sp500-revenue-growth-q3-2022

This blog post is for informational purposes only. The information contained in this blog post is not legal, tax, or investment advice. FactSet does not endorse or recommend any investments and assumes no liability for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any action or inaction taken based on the information contained in this article.

 

Download the latest Earnings Insight

John Butters

Vice President, Senior Earnings Analyst

Mr. John Butters is Vice President and Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet. His 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, The Financial Times, The New York Times, MarketWatch, and Yahoo! Finance. Mr. Butters has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to FactSet in January 2011, he worked for more than 10 years at Thomson Reuters (Thomson Financial), most recently as Director of U.S. Earnings Research (2007-2010).

The information contained in this article is not investment advice. FactSet does not endorse or recommend any investments and assumes no liability for any consequence relating directly or indirectly to any action or inaction taken based on the information contained in this article.