you like the online discount retailers that sell just about everything,
like the price, multiple or slowing growth of a stock like Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) (a
#3, who reporting in-line earnings yesterday), then Overstock.com OSTK with
Rank of 1 and four earnings beats in a row might be worth a look.
Amazon, Overstock sells a plethora of products from electronics and
furniture and handmade items from global artisans; they even sell cars
personally like their doomsday prepper section).
they don’t sell music or have an app store or tablet like some of their
their pricing, product selection and customer service are top notch and
company has been delivering solid earnings growth; sometimes the
method works best.
One of the great things about this time of
year is that we get the ability to take a detailed peak into how
companies are functioning
and performing. It’s like having your car recently inspected by a savvy
mechanic, giving you a little more piece of mind as you drive.
On April 18th,
reported Q1 results that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimates by a
138.5%. Total net revenue for Q1 2013
and 2012 was $312.0 million and $262.4 million, respectively, a 19%
attributed the growth in net revenue primarily to a 21% increase in
order size, partially offset by a small decrease in the number of
On the gross profit
side, they saw a 24% year
over year increase to $58.9 million, representing 18.9% and 18.1% of
revenue for those respective periods. The increase in gross profit was
primarily due to higher revenue and a shift in product sales mix into
margin home and garden products, and lower warehousing costs, profits
partially offset by higher freight costs.
Gross margins also
increased 80 basis points
to 18.9% from the same quarter in 2012.
I also liked that
free cash flow was on the
rise, it totaled $32.3 million and $3.5
million for the
twelve months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012,
respectively. The $28.8
million increase was due to a $36.1
million increase in
operating cash flows, partially offset by a $7.2
million increase in
It was a fantastic
quarter that was applauded
by investors, who took the share price from $11.00 just ahead of the
its current level of $20.70, a nearly 90% jump in price.
Overstock obviously passed this checkup with
When we explore
technicals, I’ll give you an
idea of where you can find support and targets for the stock.
Shares Worth the Price?
When you look at some of Overstock’s peers, their
22.8 forward P/E multiple seems rather cheap.
Overstock, like Amazon allows buyers to find the best prices from
multiple suppliers and gives consumers very low relative prices on many
A recent Nielsen
State of the Media Consumer
Usage Report placed Overstock.com among the top five most visited mass
merchandiser websites. The NRF Foundation/American Express Customer
Awards ranks Overstock.com #4 in customer service among all U.S.
helps when your prices are at parity with your competitors.
Their Club O program
is similar to Amazon
Prime, but way more attractive and highly used among their customer
base. It offers free shipping, rewards and
discounts on select products.
have the infrastructure or
overhead that Amazon (AMZN - Free Report) does
per se, which can be viewed as good and bad. Frankly, I think
its better that they are
more technology focused as opposed to being a mass distributor and
huge overhead like Amazon does.
With their 2011 O.co
URL acquisition, the
company is beginning to push its international and mobile expansion and
image as an “overstock only” company. They have gone from being an
liquidator to a diverse retailer with a multitude of channels in which
to sell product.
Their industry is
ranked 30 out of 265 and is
rated as a strong buy here at Zacks and an average buy among other
I like to think of it
as buying Amazon a
couple years back while they were in their strongest growth phase and
fraction of the 190 times P/E multiple that Amazon is trading at now.
The charts are the tricky part here because
shares have recently undergone a major rally.
A signal of strength is that there has been a 5 day follow-through
the initial 60% pop in the stock, even through the turbulent market
Shares are overbought
at this point in time,
but I wouldn’t expect too much of a correction (relative to what we
saw). Look for strong support around the
$17.25 level, which is the bottom of the gap and the pre-earnings high
momentum on its side and
everything above current levels is really uncharted territory unless
back to 2010, when the stock hit a high of $26.50.
Prior to the earnings
report volatility jump,
it was typical for OSTK to move about 60 cents or 5% a day, so shares
never that tame. During a week’s time,
the stock will typically oscillate about $1.50, so I would use that as
short term retracement level from current prices.
I think shares down
at the $18.00 mark would be
a fair price to pay. To the upside, I wouldn’t
be surprised if OSTK made a run for that 2010 high of $26.50, at which
would be a seller.
The wildcard here is
the broad market; even though
OSTK has a Beta of only 0.84, its recent rally has the attention of
sellers looking for higher valuations.
If I were them, I
would be looking to short
Amazon, not Overstock.
I think this stock
has some legs on it after
a small retracement.
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