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Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) closed yesterday at $22.79, which left some investors asking whether the high earnings potential can still be justified at this price. Below I will be talking through a basic metric which will help answer this question.
Where’s the growth?
Analysts are predicting good growth prospects for Flowers Foods over the next couple of years. The consensus forecast from 5 analysts is certainly positive with earnings per share estimated to rise from today’s level of $0.814 to $1.122 over the next three years. On average, this leads to a growth rate of 11% each year, which illustrates an optimistic outlook in the near term.
Is FLO’s share price justified by its earnings growth?
FLO is available at a PE (price-to-earnings) ratio of 28.01x today, which tells us the stock is overvalued based on current earnings compared to the Food industry average of 24.8x , and overvalued compared to the US market average ratio of 17.5x .
We understand FLO seems to be overvalued based on its current earnings, compared to its industry peers. However, seeing as Flowers Foods is perceived as a high-growth stock, we must also account for its earnings growth, which is captured in the PEG ratio. A PE ratio of 28.01x and expected year-on-year earnings growth of 11% give Flowers Foods a quite high PEG ratio of 2.66x. Based on this growth, Flowers Foods’s stock can be considered overvalued , based on the fundamentals.
What this means for you:
FLO’s current overvaluation could signal a potential selling opportunity to reduce your exposure to the stock, or it you’re a potential investor, now may not be the right time to buy. However, basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PEG ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:
- Financial Health: Are FLO’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
- Past Track Record: Has FLO been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of FLO’s historicals for more clarity.
- Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
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