Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
), which shortened its name to JLL earlier this year, has been
selected by North America's largest cooperative financial group -
Desjardins Group - as its exclusive real estate service provider.
Following this, JLL shares scaled a new 52-week high of $135.94 on
Monday, Aug 18. The shares were up 1.77% during the regular
session, closing at $135.90 and returning 33.7% year-to-date. The
average trading volume for the session was around 0.3 million
shares. Solid second-quarter 2014 results by the company drove the
stock to its new high.
Despite hitting its 52-week high, this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock
has plenty of upside left, given the company's improving
fundamentals and expected long-term growth of 14.0%.
JLL offers extensive real estate services to over half of the
world's top 25 banks and insurance companies. The company would now
offer multiple real estate services for Desjardins Group's
600,000-square-foot corporate office portfolio in Ontario, the
Atlantic provinces, and Western Canada. Lease administration and
occupancy planning is also on the cards for the entire Canadian
JLL's second-quarter 2014 adjusted earnings came in at $1.68 per
share, helped by robust growth in fee revenue. Results comfortably
exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.39 and the year-ago
quarter figure of $1.15.
Consolidated fee revenue increased 18% from the prior-year quarter
to $1.1 billion, driven by growth in leasing and Property &
Facility Management revenues. Apart from this, JLL announced the
acquisition of CLEO Construction Management in July, as part of its
effort to enhance healthcare-oriented real estate services in the
Going forward, we believe that JLL's healthy product lines of
leasing and Property & Facility management, along with
strategic acquisitions and investments in recruitment, IT and data
would act as the primary growth drivers.
Estimates Revision Show Potency
Echoing similar sentiments, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014
climbed 2.9% to $7.42 per share, while that for 2015 advanced 2.7%
to $8.40 per share over the last 30 days.
Other Stocks to Consider
Apart from JLL, other stocks that reached 52-week highs on Aug 18
include Avalonbay Communities Inc. (
), Boston Properties Inc. (
) and Equity Residential (
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