Growth stocks are attractive to many investors, as above-average financial growth helps these stocks easily grab the market's attention and produce exceptional returns. However, it isn't easy to find a great growth stock.
That's because, these stocks usually carry above-average risk and volatility. In fact, betting on a stock for which the growth story is actually over or nearing its end could lead to significant loss.
However, the Zacks Growth Style Score (part of the
Zacks Style Scores system), which looks beyond the traditional growth attributes to analyze a company's real growth prospects, makes it pretty easy to find cutting-edge growth stocks.
MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (
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Studies have shown that stocks with the best growth features consistently outperform the market. And returns are even better for stocks that possess the combination of a Growth Score of A or B and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy).
While there are numerous reasons why the stock of this sport boats maker is a great growth pick right now, we have highlighted three of the most important factors below:
Earnings growth is arguably the most important factor, as stocks exhibiting exceptionally surging profit levels tend to attract the attention of most investors. And for growth investors, double-digit earnings growth is definitely preferable, and often an indication of strong prospects (and stock price gains) for the company under consideration.
While the historical EPS growth rate for MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. is 19.4%, investors should actually focus on the projected growth. The company's EPS is expected to grow 97.8% this year, crushing the industry average, which calls for EPS growth of 35.8%.
Impressive Asset Utilization Ratio
Asset utilization ratio -- also known as sales-to-total-assets (S/TA) ratio -- is often overlooked by investors, but it is an important indicator in growth investing. This metric exhibits how efficiently a firm is utilizing its assets to generate sales.
Right now, MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. has an S/TA ratio of 1.68, which means that the company gets $1.68 in sales for each dollar in assets. Comparing this to the industry average of 1.43, it can be said that the company is more efficient.
In addition to efficiency in generating sales, sales growth plays an important role. And MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. looks attractive from a sales growth perspective as well. The company's sales are expected to grow 38.7% this year versus the industry average of 18.4%.
Promising Earnings Estimate Revisions
Superiority of a stock in terms of the metrics outlined above can be further validated by looking at the trend in earnings estimate revisions. A positive trend is of course favorable here. Empirical research shows that there is a strong correlation between trends in earnings estimate revisions and near-term stock price movements.
The current-year earnings estimates for MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. have been revising upward. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year has surged 7.1% over the past month.
While the overall earnings estimate revisions have made MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. a Zacks Rank #1 stock, it has earned itself a Growth Score of A based on a number of factors, including the ones discussed above.
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the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
This combination indicates that MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. is a potential outperformer and a solid choice for growth investors.