Have you been paying attention to shares of Cardtronics (CATM)? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 28.6% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $38.69 in the previous session. Cardtronics has gained 48% since the start of the year compared to the 24.8% move for the Zacks Business Services sector and the 37.4% return for the Zacks Financial Transaction Services industry.
What's Driving the Outperformance?
The stock has a great record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on October 30, 2019, Cardtronics reported EPS of $0.79 versus consensus estimate of $0.7 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 0.75%.
For the current fiscal year, Cardtronics is expected to post earnings of $2.38 per share on $1.35 billion in revenues. This represents a 11.21% change in EPS on a 0.02% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $2.62 per share on $1.41 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 9.83% and 4.63%, respectively.
Cardtronics may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company is due for a pullback from this level.
On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as they provide investors with an additional way to sort through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
Cardtronics has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and F, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of A.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 16.2X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 6.3X versus its peer group's average of 15.9X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 4.04. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.
We also need to look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Cardtronics currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to favorable earnings estimate revisions from covering analysts.
Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Cardtronics meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though Cardtronics shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
How Does Cardtronics Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Cardtronics have been rising, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also looking good, including Green Dot (GDOT), TransUnion (TRU), and FTI Consulting (FCN), all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.
The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 29% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for Cardtronics, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.
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