These four stocks have positive catalysts for future growth and S&P 5-Star Ratings, and have outstripped the S&P 500 Index by more than 30% over the last year. These are bullish indicators regarding a stock's possible future performance. Moreover, these stocks are trading well below consensus analysts’ estimates, have improving financial results; several have recent upgrades and positive analyst comments. Nonetheless, this is only the first step in finding winners for your portfolio. Let's take a closer look to distinguish the driving factors behind these remarkable statistics and ensure the stories are intact.
Below are four tables with detailed statistics regarding company summaries, price performance, fundamentals and earnings and dividends followed by a brief review of each company, a summary of current analysts' estimates and up/downgrade activity followed by a chart of the company's key statistics. Please use this as a starting point for your own due diligence.
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (TRW), together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells automotive systems, modules, and components for automotive original equipment manufacturers and related after-markets.
TRW recently reported record first quarter 2011 financial results with sales of $4.1 billion, an increase of 15 percent compared to the prior year period. The company reported GAAP first quarter net earnings of $281 million or $2.13 per diluted share, an increase of 32 percent compared to net earnings of $204 million or $1.61 per diluted share in the prior year period.
John C. Plant chairman of the board, president and CEO, said:
Vehicle production remained robust through the first quarter of 2011; however, we are cautious in the near-term due to supply chain disruptions caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which have resulted in certain vehicle manufacturers slowing or temporarily halting production. Remaining focused on TRW's growth strategy and cash generation while managing through the present industry headwinds, such as these production disruptions and increased commodity prices, continues to be our top priority in 2011.
The company is trading significantly below analysts' estimates. TRW has a median price target of $74 by nine brokers and a high target of $80.00. The last up/downgrade activity was on Dec. 14, 2010 when KeyBanc Capital Markets upgraded the company from Hold to Buy. Please review the illustration for TRW's summary and key statistics.
Tupperware Brands Corporation (TUP) operates as a direct seller of various products across a range of brands and categories through an independent sales force. Tupperware recently announced that its board of directors declared the company’s regular quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share, payable on July 6, 2011, to shareholders of record as of June 20, 2011.
Tupperware recently reported record first quarter 2011 sales and profit, with a sales increase in local currency of 10% over an 11% increase in 2010, before a positive impact from foreign exchange rates of 4%. This resulted in record reported sales that were 14% above the first quarter of 2010. The company estimates that the 10% local currency sales increase includes, under the company’s fiscal year, a positive 6% to 7% impact from an extra week in the first quarter of the current year.
Rick Goings, chairman and CEO, commented:
We are pleased to have started 2011 with another strong quarter of local currency sales growth, which was three percentage points above the high end of the guidance we gave in February. Our emerging markets comprised 57% of sales in the quarter and delivered a 16% sales increase in local currency. A number of emerging markets had double digit sales increases, even without the extra week benefit, including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia/Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey and Venezuela. The established markets were up 4% in local currency, with Tupperware United States and Canada and Tupperware France achieving 17% increases. Russia was the only unit with a significant sales decrease, and we expect to see improving comparisons there as we move through 2011.
The company is trading significantly below analysts' estimates. TUP has a median price target of $72.00 by nine brokers and a high target of $78.00. The last up/downgrade activity was on Feb. 11 when Argus upgraded the company from Hold to Buy. Please review the illustration for TUP's summary and key statistics.
Under Armour, Inc. (UA) develops, markets, and distributes performance apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and youth primarily in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
Under Armour recently announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31. Net revenues increased 36% in the first quarter of 2011 to $312.7 million compared with net revenues of $229.4 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net income increased to $12.1 million in the first quarter of 2011 compared with $7.2 million in the prior year's period. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.23 on weighted average common shares outstanding of 52.4 million compared with $0.14 per share on weighted average common shares outstanding of 50.9 million in the first quarter of the prior year.
Kevin Plank, president, CEO and chairman, stated:
First quarter results underscore the substantial opportunities that remain in taking our Brand to new consumers. The launch of Charged Cotton to date shows that we can change category expectations, while broadening the overall market opportunity for the Brand. At the same time, we continue to see opportunities to better meet consumer demand through enhanced execution with our existing retail partners as well as through our own Direct-to-Consumer channel.
The company is trading below analysts' estimates. UA has a median price target of $70 by 13 brokers and a high target of $80.00. The last up/downgrade activity was on June 3 when Longbow upgraded the company from Neutral to Buy. Please review the illustration for UA's summary and key statistics.
United Rentals, Inc. (URI), through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It offers approximately 3,000 classes of equipment, which include general construction and industrial equipment, such as backhoes, skid-steer loaders, forklifts, earthmoving equipment, and material handling equipment; aerial work platforms, including boom lifts and scissor lifts; general tools and light equipment, such as pressure washers, water pumps, generators, heaters, and power tools; and trench safety equipment, including trench shields, aluminum hydraulic shoring systems, slide rails, crossing plates, construction lasers, and line testing equipment for underground work.
United Rentals recently announced financial results for the first quarter 2011. Total revenue was $523 million and rental revenue was $434 million, compared with $478 million and $380 million, respectively, for the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported a first quarter 2011 net loss of $20 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $40 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. Adjusted EPS for the quarter, which excludes the impact of special items, was a loss of $0.32 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $0.57 per diluted share the prior year. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 25.9%.
Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer, said:
We have started the year with a very solid performance that includes rate improvement in all operating regions and record first quarter time utilization, as well as stronger gross margins on every major revenue stream. Once again we outpaced our end markets with significant rental revenue growth at a very early stage in the recovery. As demand for our services increases, we are focused on attaining the optimal balance of rate and utilization to drive returns.
The company is trading significantly below analysts' estimates. URI has a median price target of $38.50 by 10 brokers and a high target of $50.00. The last up/downgrade activity was on Mar 16, 2011 when, KeyBanc Capital Markets initiated coverage with a Buy rating. Please review the illustration for URI's summary and key statistics.