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Shares of Eagle Materials (EXP) have been strong performers lately, with the stock up 6.4% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $153.3 in the previous session. Eagle Materials has gained 49.6% since the start of the year compared to the 24.5% move for the Zacks Construction sector and the 38.9% return for the Zacks Building Products - Concrete and Aggregates 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 January 28, 2021, Eagle Materials reported EPS of $1.94 versus consensus estimate of $1.72.
For the current fiscal year, Eagle Materials is expected to post earnings of $8 per share on $1.61 billion in revenues. Meanwhile, for the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $9.63 per share on $1.75 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 18.61% and 8.25%, respectively.
Eagle Materials 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. Investors should consider the style scores a valuable tool that can help you to pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
Eagle Materials has a Value Score of C. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are B and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 19X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 18.1X versus its peer group's average of 10.8X. 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 consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Eagle Materials currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.
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 Eagle Materials fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though Eagle Materials shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
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