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Why Should You Hold Omnicom (OMC) Stock in Your Portfolio?

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Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC - Free Report) has an impressive Growth Score of B. This style score condenses all the essential metrics from the company’s financial statements to get a true sense of quality and sustainability of its growth.

We believe that with a market cap of $11.8 billion and long-term (three-five years) expected earnings per share growth rate of 7%, Omnicom is a stock that investors should retain in their portfolios.

What’s Benefiting the Company?

Consistency and diversity of operations, along with increased focus on delivering consumer-centric strategic business solutions ensure Omnicom’s long-term profitability. To mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on its business, the company has transitioned to a global work-from-home system and implemented business-continuity plans.

Although many companies across diverse sectors have suspended dividend payouts amid the coronavirus crisis, Omnicom remains one of those few that are sailing through the tough economic time and maintaining dividend payouts. The company announced quarterly dividends of 65 cents per share in May and July.

Omnicom has a track record of consistent dividend payment. It had paid $571.2 million, $544.5 million and $523.4 million in dividends during 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Omnicom Group Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Hurdles to Counter

Omnicom’sfinancial performance is expected to remain under temporary pressure because of a drop in business activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s earnings and revenues declined 45.2% and 24.7% respectively, in second-quarter 2020.

Omnicom’s debt-to-capital ratio of 0.71 at the end of the second quarter was higher than the previous quarter’s 0.68. Increasing debt-to-capitalization ratio indicates that the proportion of debt to finance the company’s assets is on the rise.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

Omnicom currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

A few better-ranked stocks in the broader Zacks Business Services sector are BG Staffing (BGSF - Free Report) , CoreLogic (CLGX - Free Report) and Sykes Enterprises (SYKE - Free Report) , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank  stocks here.

Long-term earnings (three to five years) growth rate for BG Staffing, CoreLogic and Sykes Enterprise is estimated at 20%, 12% and 8%, respectively.

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