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Superior Industries Rides On Volumes & UNIWHEELS Buyout

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On May 16, we issued an updated research report on Superior Industries International, Inc. (SUP - Free Report) .

The company reported first-quarter 2018 results on May 9. The company reported adjusted earnings of 15 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 4 cents. Also, revenues were $386.4 million in the reported quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $356.2 million. Moreover, the top line was higher than the year-ago quarter figure.

Superior Industries anticipates net sales to be $1.45-$1.5 billion in 2018 compared with $1.1 billion in 2017. The company expects wheel shipments to be 21.25-21.6 million units in 2018. This outlook indicates solid North American light-truck and vehicle production, and moderate production growth in Europe.

Also, the acquisition of UNIWHEELS in 2017 enabled the company to expand its presence in Europe and diversify its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), raising Superior Industries’ global reach to nine among the 10 largest OEMs in the world.

The company undertakes different strategies to reduce costs and enhance its global competitive position. Superior Industries plans to reduce costs through better operational and procurement practices.

However, in the past year, Superior Industries has underperformed the industry it belongs to. During this period, the company’s share price has plunged 10.8% while the industry advanced 25.9%.



Currently, Superior Industries carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

A few other top-ranked stocks in the auto space are Oshkosh Corporation (OSK - Free Report) , Ferrari N.V. (RACE - Free Report) and Gentex Corporation (GNTX - Free Report) . While Oshkosh and Ferrari sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Gentex carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Oshkosh has an expected long-term growth rate of 18.3%. Shares of the company have risen 21% over the past year.

Ferrari has an expected long-term growth rate of 17.3%. Over the past year, shares of the company have gained 58.9%.

Gentex has an expected long-term growth rate of 13%. In a year’s time, shares of the company have gained 27.4%.

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