Booz Allen (BAH) Hits Fresh Highs: Is There Still Room to Run?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation BAH ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 4.5% over the past month. BAH hit a new 52-week high of $40.65 in the previous session. Booz Allen has gained 6.3% since the start of the year compared to the 4.4% move for the Business Services sector and the 4.2% year-to-date return for its peer group.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has an impressive record of positive earnings surprises, having beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on February 5, 2018, Booz Allen reported EPS of $0.48 versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.43 while it missed the consensus revenue estimate by 1.12%.

For the current fiscal year, Booz Allen is expected to post earnings of $2.44 per share on $6.21 billion in revenues. Meanwhile, for the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $2.77 per share on $6.56 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 25.77% and 5.53%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

While BAH has moved to its 52-week high in the recent past, investors need to be asking, what is next for the company? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company is due for a pullback from this level.

On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as they provide investors with an additional way to sort through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

Booz Allen has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are B and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 16.6X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 18X versus its peer group's average of 16.8X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.61. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation Price and Consensus

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation Price and Consensus | Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation Quote

Zacks Rank

We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Booz Allen currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to favorable earnings estimate revisions from covering analysts.

Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Booz Allen meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though BAH shares could have potential in the weeks and months to come.

How Does Booz AllenStack Up to the Competition?

Shares of Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation have been rising, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also looking good, including ICF International ICFI , Delphi Technologies PLC DLPH , and The Brink's Company BCO , all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.

The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 2% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for BAH, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.

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