Have you been paying attention to shares of
Insperity ( NSP Quick Quote NSP - Free Report) ? Shares have been on the move with the stock up 3% over the past month. NSP hit a new 52-week high of $73.14 in the previous session. Insperity has gained 24.8% since the start of the year compared to the 2.7% move for the Business Services sector and the 0.2% year-to-date return for its peer group. What's Driving the Outperformance?
The stock has a great record of positive earnings surprises, having beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters. In its last earnings report on February 12, 2018, Insperity reported EPS of $0.55 versus the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.46 while it beat the consensus revenue estimate by 1.52%.
For the current fiscal year, Insperity is expected to post earnings of $3.04 per share on $3.69 billion in revenues. This represents a 24.08% change in EPS on a 11.93% change in revenues. For the next fiscal year, the company is expected to earn $3.49 per share on $4.12 billion in revenues. This represents a year-over-year change of 14.88% and 11.44%, respectively.
Insperity may be at a 52-week high right now, but what might the future hold for NSP? 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 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.
Insperity has a Value Score of C. The stock's Growth and Momentum Scores are A and B, respectively, giving the company a VGM Score of A.
In terms of its value breakdown, the stock currently trades at 23.6X current fiscal year EPS estimates. On a trailing cash flow basis, the stock currently trades at 28.3X versus its peer group's average of 13.4X. Additionally, the stock has a PEG ratio of 1.31. 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, Insperity 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 and Style Scores of A or B, it looks as if Insperity passes the test. Thus, it seems as though NSP shares could still be poised for more gains ahead.
How Does Insperity Stack Up to the Competition?
Shares of Insperity 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 Randstad Holding NV
RANJY and Korn/Ferry International KFY, 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 30% of all the industries we have in our universe, so it looks like there are some nice tailwinds for NSP, even beyond its own solid fundamental situation.