Avery Dennison Hits 52-Week High Again - Analyst Blog

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Shares of Avery Dennison Corp. ( AVY ) hit a new 52-week high of $51.27 on Jan 14, surpassing its previous high of $51.14 attained on Jan 10. This Pasadena, Calif.-based pressure-sensitive materials producer has a market cap of $4.9 billion and long-term expected earnings growth of 14.3%.

Avery Dennison has had a solid run in the past 52 weeks, ranging from a 52-week low of $35.56 touched on Jan 22, 2013 to the 52-week high reached on Jan 14. The stock has delivered a solid one-year return of about 46.7% and year-to-date return of about 2.1%, outperforming the S&P 500. The average volume of shares traded over the last three months was roughly 773K.

Growth Drivers

Avery Dennison's share price showed an upward trend as the company announced improved third quarter earnings on Oct 25. Avery reported adjusted earnings of 69 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013, up 35% year over year and ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 65 cents. Results benefited from revenue growth in the core segments and the company's restructuring and productivity actions. The company has kept the earnings streak alive for the past four quarters with an average surprise of 5.69%.

For 2013, Avery raised its adjusted earnings forecast to the range of $2.60 to $2.70 per share from the previous projection of $2.40 to $2.60. The revised guidance reflects annual growth of 33% to 38%.

Avery has aggressively implemented a restructuring program to reduce costs across all business segments. The company remains committed to its long-term targets (by 2015) of sales growth in the range of 3%-5% and net income growth of 10%-15%. Earnings per share growth of 15%-20% are expected from continued expansion in emerging markets as well as productivity improvements.

In addition, the company is implementing a new operating model, which comprises a few large sites with a broad range of production capabilities. At the same time, Avery has increased its digital printing capacity, thereby enabling the production of smaller quantities at a greater frequency and reduced lead time, which is more attuned to customer needs.

To sum up, modest top-line growth, ongoing productivity improvements and highly disciplined capital management will drive double-digit earnings growth and solid free cash flow that will maximize shareholder returns.

Currently, Avery carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Other Stocks to Consider

Some better-ranked stocks in the same industry include ACCO Brands Corp . ( ACCO ), WD-40 Company ( WDFC ) and Seiko Epson Corp. ( SEKEY ). All these have a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).



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