The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Growth Investor model based on the published strategy of Martin Zweig . This strategy looks for growth stocks with persistent accelerating earnings and sales growth, reasonable valuations and low debt.
HOMETRUST BANCSHARES INC ( HTBI ) is a small-cap growth stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Martin Zweig changed from 69% to 85% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.
Company Description: HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company of HomeTrust Bank (the Bank). The Bank's principal business consists of attracting deposits from the public and investing those funds, along with borrowed funds, in loans secured primarily by first and second mortgages on one- to four-family residences, including home equity loans, construction and land/lot loans, commercial real estate loans, construction and development loans, commercial and industrial loans, indirect automobile, and municipal leases. Municipal leases are secured primarily by a ground lease for a firehouse or an equipment lease for fire trucks and firefighting equipment to fire departments located throughout North and South Carolina. The Company purchases investment securities consisting primarily of securities issued by the United States Government agencies and government-sponsored enterprises, as well as certificates of deposit insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.
|P/E RATIO: ||PASS |
|REVENUE GROWTH IN RELATION TO EPS GROWTH: ||PASS |
|SALES GROWTH RATE: ||PASS |
|CURRENT QUARTER EARNINGS: ||PASS |
|QUARTERLY EARNINGS ONE YEAR AGO: ||PASS |
|POSITIVE EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR CURRENT QUARTER: ||PASS |
|EARNINGS GROWTH RATE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL QUARTERS: ||PASS |
|EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN PRIOR 3 QUARTERS: ||PASS |
|EPS GROWTH FOR CURRENT QUARTER MUST BE GREATER THAN THE HISTORICAL GROWTH RATE: ||PASS |
|EARNINGS PERSISTENCE: ||FAIL |
|LONG-TERM EPS GROWTH: ||FAIL |
|INSIDER TRANSACTIONS: ||PASS |
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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Martin Zweig has returned 493.78% vs. 190.38% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here
About Martin Zweig : During the 15 years that it was monitored, Zweig's stock recommendation newsletter returned an average of 15.9 percent per year, during which time it was ranked number one based on risk-adjusted returns by Hulbert Financial Digest. Zweig has managed both mutual and hedge funds during his career, and he's put the fortune he's compiled to some interesting uses. He has owned what Forbes reported was the most expensive apartment in New York, a $70 million penthouse that sits atop Manhattan's Pierre Hotel, and he is a collector of all sorts of pop culture and historical memorabilia -- among his purchases are the gun used by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry", a stock certificate signed by Commodore Vanderbilt, and even two old-fashioned gas pumps similar to those he'd seen at a nearby gas station while growing up in Cleveland, according to published reports.
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