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Looking for a Top Growth Stock? 3 Reasons Why Flowers Foods (FLO) Is an Impressive Choice

Finding a great growth stock can be a tough task. Not only are there a wide range of choices, but the space can be extremely volatile and fraught with risk as well. But thanks to our new style score system we have been able to identify a few growth stocks which have incredible potential in the near term.

One such company that stands out in this regard is undoubtedly Flowers Foods, Inc. ( FLO ). Not only does this company have a favorable growth score, but it is ranked as a buy too. And while there are numerous reasons why FLO is so attractive right now, we have highlighted three of the most important-and pertinent to growth investors-below:

Earnings Growth for FLO

Arguably nothing is more important than earnings growth as surging profit levels is what most investors are after. And for growth investors, earnings growth in the double digits is definitely necessary and it is often an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) ahead for the company in question.

While FLO has put up a historical EPS growth rate of 10.1%, investors should really focus on the projected growth. Here, FLO is looking to grow at a rate of 11.7%, thoroughly crushing the industry average which calls for EPS growth of just 3% in comparison.

Sales/Assets Ratio is Impressive for Flowers Foods

The sales/asset ratio is often overlooked by investors, but it can be an important indicator in growth investing nonetheless. This metric-also known as S/TA for short-shows us how much sales are generated from the company's assets which can indicate that a firm is using its assets effectively.

Right now Flowers Foods has a S/TA ratio of 1.55 which means that the company gets $1.55 in sales for each dollar in assets. Compare this to the industry average which is a ratio of 0.97 and you can say that FLO is a bit more efficient than the industry at large.

But if you are worried that this ratio is too technical, consider how FLO is positioned from a sales growth perspective. Flowers Foods is projected to see sales growth this year of 1.17%, compared to no growth in the industry average and further underscoring the company's title as a great growth stock.

FLO Earnings Estimate Revisions Moving in the Right Direction

If the metrics outlined above weren't enough investors should also consider the positive trends that we are seeing on the analyst estimate revision front. Analysts have been raising their estimates for Flowers Foods lately, and now the earnings picture is looking a bit more favorable for the company.

Over the past 30 days 1 EPS estimate has been revised higher, while none have been revised lower, at least for the current year time frame. And the magnitude of these revisions has also been impressive, as the consensus estimate for the full year has surged from 99 cents per share to $1.00 per share today.

Bottom Line

For the reasons outlined above, investors shouldn't be surprised to note that Flowers Foods has earned itself a growth score of 'B' as well as a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). This means that we believe Flowers Foods stock is a potential outperformer that is an impressive choice for growth investors, making it a security that you need to keep on your radar in the near term.

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