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Superior Uniform (SGC) Soars to 52-Week High, Time to Cash Out?

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Have you been paying attention to shares of Superior Uniform Group (SGC - Free Report) ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 13.1% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $29.33 in the previous session. Superior Uniform Group has gained 16.1% since the start of the year compared to the 31.3% move for the Zacks Industrial Products sector and the -3.5% return for the Zacks Uniform and Related industry.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has a great record of positive earnings surprises, as it hasn't missed our earnings consensus estimate in any of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on March 1, 2021, Superior Uniform reported EPS of $0.79 versus consensus estimate of $0.36 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 10.03%.

For the current fiscal year, Superior Uniform is expected to post earnings of $1.46 per share on $469.86 million in revenues. This represents a -44.91% change in EPS on a -10.79% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $1.82 per share on $499.54 million in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 24.66% and 6.32%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

Superior Uniform may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for the stock? A key aspect of this question is taking a look at valuation metrics in order to determine if the company has run ahead of itself.

On this front, we can look at the Zacks Style Scores, as these give investors a variety of ways to comb through stocks (beyond looking at the Zacks Rank of a security). These styles are represented by grades running from A to F in the categories of Value, Growth, and Momentum, while there is a combined VGM Score as well. Investors should consider the style scores a valuable tool that can help you to pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

Superior Uniform has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are D and B, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 18.5X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 8.5X versus its peer group's average of 17.5X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.32. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.

Zacks Rank

We also need to consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Superior Uniform currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) thanks to rising earnings estimates.

Since we recommend that investors select stocks carrying Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy) or 2 (Buy) and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Superior Uniform meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though Superior Uniform shares could have a bit more room to run in the near term.

How Does Superior Uniform Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of Superior Uniform have been rising, and the company still appears to be a decent choice, but what about the rest of the industry? Some of its industry peers are also impressive, including Resideo Technologies (REZI - Free Report) , ScanSource (SCSC - Free Report) , and Avery Dennison (AVY - Free Report) , all of which currently have a Zacks Rank of at least #2 and a VGM Score of at least B, making them well-rounded choices.

The Zacks Industry Rank is in the top 23% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for Superior Uniform, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.

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