Shares of Intuit (
INTU Quick Quote INTU - Free Report) have been strong performers lately, with the stock up 13.6% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $447.08 in the previous session. Intuit has gained 17.3% since the start of the year compared to the 12.7% move for the Zacks Computer and Technology sector and the 9.9% return for the Zacks Computer - Software 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 May 25, 2021, Intuit reported EPS of $6.07 versus consensus estimate of $6.04.
For the current fiscal year, Intuit is expected to post earnings of $9.35 per share on $9.39 billion in revenues. This represents a 18.96% change in EPS on a 22.28% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $10.84 per share on $10.85 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 15.89% and 15.55%, respectively.
Intuit 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 is due for a pullback from this level.
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. 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.
Intuit has a Value Score of F. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and A, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 47.6X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 59.8X versus its peer group's average of 32.8X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 3.21. This isn't enough to put the company in the top echelon of all stocks we cover from a value perspective.
We also need to consider the stock's Zacks Rank, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Intuit 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 Intuit fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though Intuit shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
How Does Intuit Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Intuit 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 impressive, including SAP SE (
SAP Quick Quote SAP - Free Report) , Digital Turbine ( APPS Quick Quote APPS - Free Report) , and CACI International ( CACI Quick Quote CACI - 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.
However, it is worth noting that the Zacks Industry Rank for this group is in the bottom half of the ranking, so it isn't all good news for Intuit. Still, the fundamentals for Intuit are promising, and it still has potential despite being at a 52-week high.