Ichor Holdings (ICHR - Free Report) is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and it is the Bull of the Day today. Normally we have a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) but I am going to with this stock for the simple reason that it is running and you need to take a deeper look at why. That is really the whole point of the Bull of the Day article, so let's get right to it.
Ichor Holdings, Ltd. is engaged in the design, engineering and manufacturing of critical fluid delivery subsystems for semiconductor capital equipment. Ichor Holdings, Ltd. is based in Fremont, United States.
I tend to look mostly at the last four quarters and with ICHR the story isn't one that screams "this is a winner" or something like that.
I see a string of three misses ended by a recent beat. So the momentum is with the name, but those other three misses are not what you want to see.
As I focus on the beat, I see that it helped estimates move much higher.
The Zacks Rank is all about the recent revisions in earnings estimates. In ICHR's case, we see estimates moving up across the board.
I see the number for this quarter moving from $0.38 to $0.47. next quarter has an 11 cent move and the full year is looking at a 12 cent move.
The momentum carries into next year as well as I see the Zacks Consensus Estimate moving from $2.08 to $2.34 over the last 60 days.
The valuation on chip stocks is always relatviely high, but I like where ICHR is at. 26x forward estiamtes isnt as high as most other chip names and the price to book of 3.5x should be close enough for value invvestors to remain interested. I see some topline contraction last quarter, but the 1.3x price to sales also tells me the market still rewards the stock for every incremental dollar in sales.
At the end of the day, as the trade war starts to wind down, this stock could be a big winner. It is consistently hitting new highs and in this market, I am a fan of buying high and selling higher!
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