The stronger U.S. dollar has been weighing on major U.S.-based companies’ top and bottom lines for some time, and this is expected to continue. In fact, S&P 500 companies with a high level of global exposure stand to see their earnings growth slow during the third quarter. Third quarter earnings season kicks off less than a month from now.
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S&P 500 earnings to be hit by U.S. dollar again
In the last quarter, analysts had been hoping that some of the pressure from the strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies would abate because the dollar had weakened slightly from previous quarters. However, the carnage continued, and U.S. companies continued to see their earnings and sales tumble as a result of the strong currency.
FactSet analysts said today that S&P 500 companies with higher levels of global exposure will likely report weaker sales and earnings growth compared to companies that don’t have as much global exposure. Using their FactSet Geographic Revenue Exposure data, they analyzed the amount of global exposure for all companies in the index.
They divided the S&P 500 into two groups those with more than half their sales outside the U.S. and those with more than half their sales inside the U.S. They then calculated aggregate revenue and earnings growth for both groups.
S&P 500 earnings expected to fall
According to FactSet, the S&P 500 is expected to see a 4.4% decline in earnings for the third quarter overall. For companies with more than half of their sales coming domestically, the firm estimates a 3.1% growth rate for earnings. For companies in the index with more than half their sales coming internationally, earnings are expected to decline 14.1%.
In sales, FactSet estimates a 2.9% overall decline for the S&P 500 index in the third quarter. For mostly domestic companies, the firm estimates that sales will grow 1.4%, while companies that get most of their sales outside the U.S. are expected to see sales decline 12.1%.
Energy to bring the biggest declines
The firm said the Energy sector will likely be the declines’ biggest contributor for both sales and earnings because crude oil prices remain far below where they were a year ago. Excluding Energy, FactSet still expects internationally-focused S&P 500 companies to see weaker earnings growth and sales.
Excluding the sector, the firm expects a 3% earnings growth rate for the index overall. For companies (ex-Energy) with more than half of their sales in the U.S., the firm expects to see earnings grow 8.8%, but for companies with over 50% of their sales outside the U.S., it expects earnings to decline 4.9%.
In overall sales, FactSet expects a 2.6% growth rate ex-Energy. For companies with most of their sales domestically, the firm expects a 5.3% growth rate in sales, ex-Energy. Companies with most of their sales outside the U.S. are expected to see a 3.9% decline in sales.