Lear Corp (LEA - Snapshot Report) nears its 52-week high, but thanks to drastic estimate revisions shares remain a solid value as well.
Lear Corp makes automotive seats and related components and electrical power systems world wide.
Sales Jump 33%
On Aug 3 Lear reported quarterly sales of $3.0 billion, which is a 33% improvement over the same period last year. In that period of time, vehicle production is up 73% in North America, 24% in China and 11% in Europe.
Income came in at just under $171 million, or $3.16 per share. Lear more than doubled the Zacks Consensus Estimate, which was calling for just $1.30.
In the same press release Lear reiterated its $11 billion sales target. However, the company raised both is operating earnings and free cash flow expectations.
Analysts Follow Suit
Following the news, analysts quickly raised full-year estimate for both 2010 and 2011. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for this year is now $5.79, up $1.82. Next year's forecasts are coming in at $7.89, up $1.30 since the announcement.
Growth rates are staggering given the $2.66 loss Lear posted in 2009.
Shares of LEA are exchanging hands with attractive valuations. The forward P/E is coming in near 14 times and the PEG ratio of 0.8 has the growth rate priced at a bargain.
Lear's stock has been climbing for several weeks now and is not pressuring its 52-week high. Given the momentum from the recent surprise and valuations, shares have a good chance at pushing through to new highs.
Bill Wilton is the Growth Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. He is also the Editor in charge of the market-beating Zacks Growth Trader service