Wolverine World Wide Inc.
) touched a new 52-week high of $60.83 on Oct 14, 2013. The stock
gained momentum on the back of the company's better-than-expected
third-quarter bottom-line results and upbeat guidance for fiscal
2013. This apparel-footwear retailer has amassed a year-to-date
return of 50.6%.
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The average volume of shares traded over the last 3 months was
approximately 426.6K. Moreover, the company currently trades at a
forward P/E of 21.6x, a 3.9% premium to the peer group average of
20.78x. The last traded price is 8.5% above the Zacks Consensus
average analyst price target of $56.00. Additionally, the
company's long-term estimated earnings per share (EPS) growth
rate is 12.5%.
Investors are optimistic about this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock as
it posted EPS of $1.16 that handily surpassed the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $1.05 and rose 61.1% year over year. Wolverine
reported net sales of $716.7 million that more than doubled on a
year-over-year basis and came ahead of the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of $711 million. Moreover, on a pro-forma basis,
revenues increased 9.0% in the quarter.
Results benefited mainly from the acquisition of Collective
Brands' Performance + Lifestyle Group (PLG) group.
Buoyed by stronger-than-anticipated quarterly results, management
raised its earnings guidance. Adjusted EPS are now likely to be
in the range of $2.73-$2.83, up from the earlier projection of
$2.60-$2.75, and indicating year-over-year growth of 19.2% to
Revenues are expected to be in the range of $2.71-$2.73 billion,
up 6.4% to 7.1% year over year on a pro-forma basis. For fiscal
fourth-quarter 2013, the company anticipates revenues in the band
of $750-$780 million, reflecting growth of 3.2% to 6%.
Wolverine's history of positive earnings surprises also make
investors optimistic about the stock. We observe that the company
has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the past 4 quarters by
an average of 73.9%.
Going forward, we believe that with its operational efficiencies,
a formidable 16-brand portfolio and leverage from the recent
acquisitions, Wolverine is well positioned to generate healthy
sales. The company's exclusive assortments remain popular among
consumers and impart it a competitive edge.
Apart from Wolverine, other retail stocks such as
Constellation Brands Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc.
) achieved new 52-week highs of $63.44, $29.40 and $39.66,
respectively, on Oct 14, 2013.