Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. (SAL - Free Report) seems to be an attractive pick now on the back of its top-line strength and improving operating backdrop.
The company’s inorganic growth initiatives reflect its capital strength. In June 2017, Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, the wholly owned bank subsidiary of Salisbury Bancorp, completed the acquisition of the New Paltz, the New York branch of Empire State Bank.
These factors, along with its other activities, have been successful in gaining analysts’ confidence, as reflected by 2.4% upward revision in the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-year earnings, over the past 30 days. Thus, the company carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Also, shares of Salisbury Bancorp have gained 19.2% year to date versus the industry’s decline of 9.3%.
Factors that Make Salisbury Bancorp an Attractive Pick Now
Earnings Growth: Salisbury Bancorp’s recorded an earnings growth rate of 4.8% over the last three to five years. This momentum is likely to continue, as reflected by the company’s projected earnings per share growth of 5.8% and 8.6% for 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Also, the company recorded a positive earnings surprise of 15.5% in the last reported quarter.
Revenue Growth: Organic growth remains strong at Salisbury Bancorp. Revenues witnessed a compound annual growth rate of 8.8% over the last five years (2012-2016). Further, the company’s projected sales growth (F1/F0) of 6.5% highlights consistent upward momentum in revenues.
Stock Seems Undervalued: Salisbury Bancorp has a P/B ratio of 1.28 compared with the industry average of 1.41. Based on this ratio, the stock seems undervalued.
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