Have you been paying attention to shares of Berry Global Group (
BERY Quick Quote BERY - Free Report) ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 5.7% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $73.29 in the previous session. Berry Global Group has gained 29.8% since the start of the year compared to the 15.7% move for the Zacks Industrial Products sector and the 11% return for the Zacks Containers - Paper and Packaging 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 November 18, 2021, Berry Global reported EPS of $1.89 versus consensus estimate of $1.53 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 4.44%.
For the current fiscal year, Berry Global is expected to post earnings of $7.41 per share on $14.46 billion in revenues. This represents a 2.77% change in EPS on a 4.38% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $7.89 per share on $14.56 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 6.49% and 0.73%, respectively.
Berry Global 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. The idea behind the style scores is to help investors pick the most appropriate Zacks Rank stocks based on their individual investment style.
Berry Global has a Value Score of A. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are B and C, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of A.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 9.9X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 5.3X versus its peer group's average of 9.7X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 0.98. 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, Berry Global 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 Berry Global meets the list of requirements. Thus, it seems as though Berry Global shares could have potential in the weeks and months to come.
How Does Berry Global Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Berry Global 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 Sonoco Products (
SON Quick Quote SON - Free Report) , Greif ( GEF Quick Quote GEF - Free Report) , and Apogee Enterprises ( APOG Quick Quote APOG - 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 20% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for Berry Global, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.