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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Cirrus Logic, HighPoint Resources Corp, Immersion Corp, CollPlant Biotechnologies and Suburban Propane Partners

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – March 11, 2021 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Cirrus Logic, Inc. CRUS, HighPoint Resources Corporation HPR, Immersion Corporation IMMR, CollPlant Biotechnologies Ltd. CLGN and Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. SPH.

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Beaten-Down Stocks with Solid Growth Potential

It’s hard not to feel optimistic about a market when all things fundamental point to its ascent.

There’s the strong earnings season, the manufacturing expansion, encouraging jobs data and housing boom, all of which increase confidence. The one offsetting factor is the rising yields on 10-year treasuries, which is generally indicative of money pulling out of stocks. And that’s probably why we’ve seen some softness over the past month or so.

So now, we can sit around trying to price a bottom. Or we can look for stocks with strong growth projections that have dropped significantly from their 52-week trading range. These stocks would be most likely to move up in the months ahead as a result of positive earnings reports and upwardly moving estimate revisions.

Here are a few stocks that look good today-

Cirrus Logic

Headquarters in Austin, TX, Cirrus Logic is a fabless semiconductor supplier, which develops, manufactures and markets analog, mixed-signal, and audio DSP integrated circuits (ICs). The company’s chips are used in a wide range of industrial and consumer markets including portable and non-portable media players, smartphones, tablets, home-theater receivers, automotive entertainment systems, televisions, docking stations. They’re also found in wearables such as smart watches, action cameras, smart bands and VR headsets.

The Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company provides important components used in Apple’s latest 5G smartphones. So it is coming off a strong 2021 (fiscal year ends in March). Fiscal 2022 should also be a good one for the company not only because of the uptake of iPhones but also the impending launch of several other products using its boosted amplifiers, truly wireless headset smart codecs and haptic solutions in the first half of the year.

As you can imagine, the Electronics-Semiconductors industry, of which it’s a part, is also pretty hot. It’s currently in the top 25% of Zacks-classified industries, which means that there are positive drivers for stocks in this industry.

The 2021 earnings estimate of $4.61 is more than 40% above the 2020 estimate of $3.27. The current estimate for 2022 represents an 8% increase from the 2021 estimate.

Revenue growth is also expected to remain positive in both years.

Despite these positives, the stock has been battered down to 45.9% of its 52-week range and is currently valued at a forward P/E of 16.0X.

HighPoint Resources Corp.

Denver, Colorado-based HighPoint Resources Corporation is an exploration and production company. It focuses on the development of oil and natural gas assets primarily in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado.

Zacks #2 ranked Highpoint is on the verge of a merger with Bonanza Creek that will create a company with significant assets (206,000 net acres) and scale (50,000 Boe/d, 53% oil) in the rural DJ basin. Moreover, the complementary assets will result in significant synergies and generate strong cash flow for the combined entity.

The Oil & GAS E&P industry to which the company belongs is in the top 32% of Zacks-classified industries.

Current estimates point to 288.9% EPS growth in 2021 followed by 7.5% growth in 2022 (ending December).

Revenue, which will play a part in this, is currently expected to grow 20.6% this year and 6.6% in the next.

Since the stock is trading at 20.3% of its 52-week range with a P/E of just 0.69X, it makes sense to snap it up.

Immersion Corp.

Immersion Corp. develops hardware and software technologies under the TouchSense brand. These patented technologies enable devices such as mice, joysticks knobs and medical simulation products to deliver tactile sensations that correspond to on-screen events. They focus on four application areas: computing and entertainment, medical simulation, professional and industrial, and three-dimensional capture and interaction.

#2 ranked Immersion Corp is a small company with a market cap of around $290 million. But it is seeing some very strong growth because of its innovative technology and new customer wins. That’s what led management to declare that the company would deliver double-digit growth in both revenue and earnings this year.

The company belongs in the Computer - Peripheral Equipment industry, which being in the top 40% of Zacks-classified industries, is not too bad.

There’s just one analyst providing estimates at the moment, but the accuracy seems to be improving. While the company topped these estimates for three straight quarters, the surprise margin shrank in each.

So we may consider the 97.2% EPS growth estimate for 2021 and 28.2% estimate growth for the following year to be reasonably accurate.

Moreover, the stock is trading at 45.4% of its 52-week range, representing a P/E of 13.6X, which looks cheap.

CollPlant Biotechnologies

Rehovot, Israel-based CollPlant Biotechnologies Ltd. offers regenerative medical products. It is focused on 3D bioprinting of tissues and organs, medical aesthetics and the development and commercialization of tissue repair products for orthobiologics and advanced wound care markets.

#1 (Strong Buy) ranked CollPlant is seeing strong demand for its bioprinting offering and recently saw the expansion of a collaborative agreement with a key customer. Its medical aesthetics offerings are also gaining traction and the company is expanding this product line.

It is also developing an antiviral agent for the coronavirus. The preclinical data relating to this formulation is composed of rhCollagen embedded with silver nanoparticles (AgNP) that reduce viral load in patients. This of course would help the body’s own immune system to fight off the virus more easily and reduce the number of medical emergencies caused by the virus while also reducing transmission rates.

The Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry, to which the company belongs, is unfortunately in the bottom 24%of Zacks-classified industries, indicating that the operating environment for the kinds of procedures CLGN offers has not yet picked up sufficiently.

CLGN’s numbers are however extremely attractive. It is expected to grow earnings 491.9% in 2021, coming off 51.9% growth in 2020. Revenue growth is expected to be 324.6%, coming off 95.7% growth in 2020.

Trading at 36.5% of its 52-week range, the stock is currently valued at 5.3X forward P/E. Time to buy.

Suburban Propane Partners

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., a publicly traded Delaware limited partnership is engaged, through subsidiaries, in the retail and wholesale marketing of propane and related appliances and services. Suburban Propane Partners serves active residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers from customer service centers in over 40 states although its operations are concentrated in the east and west coast regions of the United States.

Because of warmer than usual weather, the #2 ranked company is seeing reduced demand for heating (relative to last year). However, in fiscal 2021 (ending September), demand should pick back up as commercial and industrial consumption increases. SPH is also investing in the renewable uses of propane, including more environmentally friendly auto fuel, which should be longer term drivers of the business.

The industry SPH belongs to is Oil and Gas - Refining and Marketing - Master Limited Partnerships, which is currently in the bottom 4% of Zacks-classified industries, indicative of the still-difficult operating environment.

The single analyst offering estimates appears conservative since SPH has topped expectations by sizeable margins in each of the last three quarters.

These estimates are now calling for revenue and earnings growth of 3.2% and 32.0%, respectively in 2021. This will be followed by 11.2% revenue growth and 3.1% earnings growth in 2022.

The stock is currently trading at 50% of its 52-week range, or 11.6X forward P/E, which makes it look cheap.

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Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.

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