For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL - September 09, 2016 - Zacks Equity Research highlights Smith & Wesson ( SWHC ) as the Bull of the Day and SEI Investments ( SEIC ) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis Bank of America ( BAC ), Chubb Limited ( CB ) and Apache Corp ( APA ).
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
Smith & Wesson ( SWHC ) is no stranger to controversy. Gun advocates will tell you that people kill people while anti-gun supports say that people use guns to kill people. While both sides have their points, investors tend to think of SWHC as a stock that can benefit anytime the discussion comes up again. SWHC is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock and it is the Bull of the Day.
SWHC beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.53 when it reported $0.62 in the first week of September. This $0.09 beat was good for a 17% positive earnings surprise.
The topline was also impressive with the company delivering $207M in sales when the Zacks Consensus Estimate was looking for $197M. That $10M beat was good for an 5% positive revenue surprise.
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is one of the world's leading producers of handguns, law enforcement products and firearm safety and security products. Law enforcement personnel, military personnel, target shooters, hunters, collectors and firearms enthusiasts throughout the world have used the company's products with confidence for 150 years. Smith & Wesson Corp. also manufactures and markets Smith & Wesson branded handcuffs and other products utilizing its metal working expertise and providing products and services to many external customers.
The last time SWHC missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate was in 2011. Since then, there has been a string of 21 consecutive positive earnings surprises. This is a very enviable track record and demonstrates management's ability to guide Wall Street to a beatable number and then still outperforming expectations.
When you have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) you are going to see positive earnings estimate revisions. Following the most recent beat, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2016 has moved from $1.87 to $2.47. That is a huge move.
The 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate was $2.15 prior to the earnings release and has since moved higher to $2.39
One thing that I have been looking for in stocks lately is room for multiple expansion. SWHC has that in spades. The stock trades at just 11x forward earnings compared to an industry average of 27x. The price to book multiple of 4.6x is inline with the industry average but the price to sales multiple of 2x is also showing a discount the industry average of 3x.
SEI Investments ( SEIC ) recently missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate on top and on bottom. It is now a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) and is the Bear of the Day.
SEI Investments is a global provider of asset management and investment technology solutions. The company's innovative solutions help corporations, financial institutions, financial advisors, and affluent families create and manage wealth. They provides global investment solutions to institutions and individuals and business solutions to investment intermediaries. They serve corporations, banks, insurance companies, unions, foundations, endowments and individuals with a wide array of investment products and administration services.
SEIC missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.50 by a penny. Revenue came in at $344M while the Zacks Consensus Estimate was looking for $347M.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate has been falling over the last few months. The FY16 estimate stood at $2.25 in December of last year and then fell to $2.03 in April. The estimate currently states at $1.93.
Next year has also seen a move lower in estimates with the 2017 Zacks Consensus Estimate moving from $2.73 to $2.28 over the same time period.
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