Growth stocks are attractive to many investors, as above-average financial growth helps these stocks easily grab the market's attention and produce exceptional returns. However, it isn't easy to find a great growth stock.
In addition to volatility, these stocks carry above-average risk by their very nature. Also, one could end up losing from a stock whose growth story is actually over or nearing its end.
However, it's pretty easy to find cutting-edge growth stocks with the help of the Zacks Growth Style Score (part of the Zacks Style Scores system), which looks beyond the traditional growth attributes to analyze a company's real growth prospects.
Our proprietary system currently recommends Outfront Media (OUT) as one such stock. This company not only has a favorable Growth Score, but also carries a top Zacks Rank.
Studies have shown that stocks with the best growth features consistently outperform the market. And for stocks that have a combination of a Growth Score of A or B and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy), returns are even better.
Here are three of the most important factors that make the stock of this billboard, transit and digital display advertising company a great growth pick right now.
Arguably nothing is more important than earnings growth, as surging profit levels is what most investors are after. For growth investors, double-digit earnings growth is highly preferable, as it is often perceived as an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) for the company under consideration.
While the historical EPS growth rate for Outfront Media is 4.8%, investors should actually focus on the projected growth. The company's EPS is expected to grow 7.2% this year, crushing the industry average, which calls for EPS growth of 1.3%.
Impressive Asset Utilization Ratio
Growth investors often overlook asset utilization ratio, also known as sales-to-total-assets (S/TA) ratio, but it is an important feature of a real growth stock. This metric shows how efficiently a firm is utilizing its assets to generate sales.
Right now, Outfront Media has an S/TA ratio of 0.4, which means that the company gets $0.4 in sales for each dollar in assets. Comparing this to the industry average of 0.13, it can be said that the company is more efficient.
In addition to efficiency in generating sales, sales growth plays an important role. And Outfront Media is well positioned from a sales growth perspective too. The company's sales are expected to grow 8.3% this year versus the industry average of 2.1%.
Promising Earnings Estimate Revisions
Beyond the metrics outlined above, investors should consider the trend in earnings estimate revisions. A positive trend is a plus here. Empirical research shows that there is a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.
There have been upward revisions in current-year earnings estimates for Outfront Media. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has surged 2.1% over the past month.
While the overall earnings estimate revisions have made Outfront Media a Zacks Rank #2 stock, it has earned itself a Growth Score of B based on a number of factors, including the ones discussed above.
This combination indicates that Outfront Media is a potential outperformer and a solid choice for growth investors.
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