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5 Reasons to Invest in Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Stock Now

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Jones Lang LaSalle JLL, better known as JLL, has a wide range of products and services and makes strategic investments to capitalize on market consolidations. Further, the company’s robust balance sheet, with a manageable debt position, is encouraging.

Moreover, a positive trend in estimate revisions reflects optimism in the company’s earnings growth prospects. Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for JLL’s 2019 earnings has moved 6.8% north. The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

The company also has an impressive earnings surprise history, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate in all of the trailing four quarters, the average positive beat being 27.62%.

The stock has rallied 23.8% over the past three months, outperforming the industry’s increase of 12.9%.



Here’s What Might Drive the Stock Higher

Organic & Inorganic Growth:  JLL is focused on balanced revenue growth across profitable markets. Also, its superior client services and strategic investment in technology and innovation are expected to help grow market share and win relationships. JLL continues to invest strategically so as to capitalize on market consolidations. Its superior operating platform and market-share expansion have helped record remarkable growth as well as a decent cash level.
    
In fact, over the past several years, the company has completed several strategic acquisitions as part of its global growth strategy, thereby expanding JLL’s capabilities in certain service offerings. In July 2019, JLL announced the conclusion of the HFF Inc. acquisition. The move came as part of JLL’s effort to substantially boost its Capital Markets business. Moreover, the company completed two new strategic acquisitions — Latitude Real Estate Investors and Corporate Concierge Services — in the first quarter. These acquisition efforts helped fortify the company’s capabilities and boost its presence in key regional markets.

Flourishing Outsourcing Business: JLL’s Corporate Solutions business, the company’s multi-service outsourcing business, including integrated Facility Management and Corporate Solutions-related services from Leasing, Project & Development, as well as Advisory & Consulting, is well poised to bank on the favorable trends. In fact, amid rising trend of outsourcing of real estate needs by companies, new contract awards and expansion of services with existing clients are likely to strengthen JLL’s performance in the upcoming period.

Cash Flow Growth: JLL enjoyed historical cash flow growth (three to five years) of 14.6%, which comfortably exceeded 8.4% growth registered by the industry. Also, its current cash flow growth of 27% compares favorably with the 6.1% increase estimated for the industry.

Superior Return on Equity (ROE): JLL’s ROE is 15.64% compared with the industry average of 3.32%. This highlights that the company reinvests more efficiently compared to the industry.

Strong Balance Sheet: JLL’s robust balance sheet helps manage debt-level efficiently. The company enjoys credit facility of $2.75 billion that will mature in 2023. This will likely enhance its financial flexibility. Although the company’s net debt increased in the third quarter, reflecting around $840 million of net cash outflow to acquire HFF, marking a strategic move for long-term growth. Moreover, the company enjoys investment grade ratings — Moody’s: Baa1 and S&P: BBB+ — which reflects financial and balance-sheet strength. Hence, with a solid balance sheet and sufficient financial flexibility, JLL remains well poised to continue with its growth momentum.

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