Have you been paying attention to shares of Ceragon Networks (CRNT)? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 21.4% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $5 in the previous session. Ceragon Networks has gained 23% since the start of the year compared to the 10.4% move for the Zacks Computer and Technology sector and the 6.3% return for the Zacks Wireless Non-US industry.
What's Driving the Outperformance?
The stock has an impressive record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its las t earnings report on November 5, 2018, Ceragon reported EPS of $0.07 versus consensus estimate of $0.04.
For the current fiscal year, Ceragon is expected to post earnings of $0.23 per share on $342.93 million in revenues.
Ceragon may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? 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 these give investors a variety of ways to comb 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.
Ceragon has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and D, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of A.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 20.2X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 15.3X versus its peer group's average of 5.1X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.35. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.
We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Ceragon currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.
Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Ceragon meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though Ceragon shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
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