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First Business Financial Services (FBIZ) Soars to 52-Week High, Time to Cash Out?

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Shares of First Business Financial Services (FBIZ - Free Report) have been strong performers lately, with the stock up 13.7% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $27.94 in the previous session. First Business Financial Services has gained 51% since the start of the year compared to the 16.3% move for the Zacks Finance sector and the 26.8% return for the Zacks Banks - Midwest industry.

What's Driving the Outperformance?

The stock has an impressive 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 April 29, 2021, First Business Financial Services reported EPS of $1.12 versus consensus estimate of $0.74.

For the current fiscal year, First Business Financial Services is expected to post earnings of $3.12 per share on $110.23 million in revenues. This represents a 58.38% change in EPS on a 5.98% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $2.86 per share on $112.5 million in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of -8.41% and 2.06%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

First Business Financial Services 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 they provide investors with an additional way to sort 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. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.

First Business Financial Services has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are C and B, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 8.9X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 11.6X versus its peer group's average of 10.5X. 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, First Business Financial Services currently has a Zacks Rank of #1 (Strong Buy) thanks to favorable earnings estimate revisions from covering analysts.

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 First Business Financial Services meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though First Business Financial Services shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.

How Does First Business Financial Services Stack Up to the Competition?

Shares of First Business Financial Services have been moving higher, 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 solid potential picks, including Farmers National Banc (FMNB - Free Report) , Peoples Bancorp (PEBO - Free Report) , and 1st Source (SRCE - 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 10% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for First Business Financial Services, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.

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