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FirstCash Holdings, Inc. (FCFS) Hits Fresh High: Is There Still Room to Run?

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Shares of FirstCash Holdings (FCFS - Free Report) have been strong performers lately, with the stock up 9.6% over the past month. The stock hit a new 52-week high of $106.74 in the previous session. FirstCash Holdings has gained 21.6% since the start of the year compared to the 10.5% move for the Zacks Business Services sector and the 12.3% return for the Zacks Financial Transaction Services 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 July 27, 2023, FirstCash reported EPS of $1.22 versus consensus estimate of $1.1 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 0.97%.

For the current fiscal year, FirstCash is expected to post earnings of $5.58 per share on $3.15 billion in revenues. This represents a 7.51% change in EPS on a 15.48% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $6.79 per share on $3.34 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 21.73% and 5.91%, respectively.

Valuation Metrics

FirstCash 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.

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

In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 18.9X current fiscal year EPS estimates, which is a premium to the peer industry average of 13.4X. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 6.5X versus its peer group's average of 8.5X. 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 look at the Zacks Rank for the stock, as this supersedes any trend on the style score front. Fortunately, FirstCash currently has a Zacks Rank of #2 (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 FirstCash fits the bill. Thus, it seems as though FirstCash shares could have potential in the weeks and months to come.

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