Ellington Financial Inc. (EFC - Free Report) looks like an attractive investment option right now, given its strong fundamentals and promising prospects. Further, lower mortgage rates will continue leading to higher refinancing and originations.
Analysts are also bullish on the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Ellington Financial’s earnings has moved 4.1% and 4.5% upward for 2019 and 2020, respectively, over the past 30 days. The stock currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
The company’s shares have rallied 14.4% over the past year, compared with the industry’s rise of 22.2%.
Here's Why Ellington Financial is Worth a Bet
Earnings strength: Given the relatively higher interest rates, Ellington Financial witnessed a 7.2% decline in earnings over the past three to five years. However, this trend is expected to reverse in the near term as evident from its projected earnings growth rate of 26.2% and 3.4% for 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Also, the company has an impressive earnings surprise history. It has outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the trailing four quarters, the average surprise being 13.6%.
Revenue growth: Ellington Financial’s revenues witnessed a CAGR of 9.5% over the last five years (2014-2018). Additionally, rise in refinancing activities and higher origination volume are expected to continue supporting revenues. The top line is expected to increase 15.8% in 2019 and 15% in 2020.
Stock looks undervalued: If we compare Ellington Financial’s price-to-book (P/B) and price-to-earnings (F1) ratios with the respective industry averages, the stock appears undervalued. Its P/B and P/E ratios are 0.92 and 10.23 versus the respective industry averages of 1.30 and 10.85.
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