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Regal Beloit is a Zacks #1 Rank stock that trades at 14.8x 2010 EPS estimates and 12.9x 2011 EPS estimates.
Growth and Income
Analysts estimate that Regal Beloit will grow its earnings per share at 47.5% in 2010, 16.9% in 2011, and 14.5% per year for the next 3 to 5 years. Its stock also has a dividend yield of 1.1%.
Regal Beloit Corporation manufactures and sells electrical and mechanical products to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and end users.
Strong First-Quarter Results
On May 3, Regal Beloit reported net sales of $507.3 million, up 14.4% from the year-ago quarter. The company earned $0.98 per share, topping the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 16 cents, or 19.5%.
Chairman and CEO Henry Knueppel said, "We remain cautious but optimistic about the markets we serve. Our expectations are for continued strength in Asia and a more muted recovery in North America and Europe."
Management indicated that its higher production levels coupled with its productivity efforts should more than offset commodity cost increases. As such, the company now expects second-quarter EPS of $0.96-$1.04.
Analysts lifted their earnings estimates after Regal Beloit reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter. In the last month, the Zacks Consensus for 2010 is up 41 cents, or 11.8%, to $3.88, while the Zacks Consensus for 2011 is up 33 cents, or 7.9%, to $4.53.
Regal Beloit shares are up 55% since bottoming in June 2009. The stock's ascent has been mostly choppy over the last year, and the current market turmoil is no exception. After topping out on May 3 at $65.47 (its closing high), the stock has declined 12.5%. It is now trading below its 50-day moving average, but is still above its 200-day moving average.
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