Shares of Genuine Parts (
GPC Quick Quote GPC - Free Report) have been strong performers lately, with the stock up 8.1% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $137.16 in the previous session. Genuine Parts has gained 36.4% since the start of the year compared to the 12.1% move for the Zacks Auto-Tires-Trucks sector and the 28.2% return for the Zacks Automotive - Replacement Parts 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 October 21, 2021, Genuine Parts reported EPS of $1.88 versus consensus estimate of $1.64 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 2.6%.
For the current fiscal year, Genuine Parts is expected to post earnings of $6.71 per share on $18.75 billion in revenues. This represents a 27.32% change in EPS on a 10.27% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $7.25 per share on $19.41 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 8.1% and 3.52%, respectively.
Genuine Parts 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 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. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
Genuine Parts has a Value Score of B. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are C and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of B.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 20.4X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 12.8X versus its peer group's average of 16.9X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.71. 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 look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, Genuine Parts 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 Genuine Parts passes the test. Thus, it seems as though Genuine Parts shares could have potential in the weeks and months to come.
How Does Genuine Parts Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Genuine Parts 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 Standard Motor Products (
SMP Quick Quote SMP - Free Report) , Fox Factory Holding ( FOXF Quick Quote FOXF - Free Report) , and Tesla ( TSLA Quick Quote TSLA - 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 34% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for Genuine Parts, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.